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Goteborg — Doing one of the things it does best — tapping into original genre talent from the four corners of the globe — L.A-based Xyz Films has boarded “Party Animal,” a werewolf pic from cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (“Hellfjord”), taking sales rights to what its producers bill as the first modern Scandinavian werewolf movie.
Twinning talent behind “Dead Snow,” and “Hellfjord,” seminal titles on the Nordic Noir scene, “Animal” adds to a Xyz Films slate that, for Berlin alone, features three buzzed-up Sundance titles – “The Raid 2,” “Killers,” and Sundance competition entry “Life After Beth” – plus three new acquisitions: Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” Toa Fraser’s “The Dead Lands,” and Christopher Denham’s “Preservation.”
A horror film with action and comedic beats, “Animal” turns on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Last June, it was reported that Ichi the Killer and Audition director Takashi Miike was planning on helming writer Andrew Baldwin's The Outsider with Tom Hardy ( The Dark Knight Rises , upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road ) in the lead role. Now, Twitch has learned that Hardy has backed out of the project and will no longer star. Pre-production was already underway, but that has now been put on hold while the producers search for a new star. The site says that Hardy's departure has also pushed the film outside of Miike's window of availability, meaning the film is also in need of a new director. Based on an idea by John Linson, the film is set in post-World War II Japan, where an American former prisoner-of-war rises in the yakuza. Linson is producing alongside his father, »
Well this is unfortunate. Back in June we reported Tom Hardy had signed on for Takashi Miike's (Audition, Ichi The Killer, Shield Of Straw) The Outsider, but now Twitch has learned Hardy has left the film. Preproduction work had already begun for the project, however it has been put on hold while the producers look for a new lead. But the real bummer in my opinion is Takashi Miike has also backed out of the film, and will no longer be directing. Miike has a bunch of projects he's already »
- Jesse Giroux
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...
Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.
It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.
Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »
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