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Genius to Dismember 'Tell-Tale' in Theaters

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Screen Daily reports that Genius Products (the Weinstein Co.'s home vid label) have picked up the U.S. rights to Tell-Tale and they might bring it to the cinephile market. - Mystery fans will get their Edgar Allan Poe fix on the big screen sometime in 2010. Screen Daily reports that Genius Products (the Weinstein Co.'s home vid label) have picked up the U.S. rights to Tell-Tale and they might bring it to the cinephile market. Michael Cuesta is still a little know filmmaker with L.I.E. (2001) and Twelve and Holding (2005), but "Dexter" fans would most certainly recognize the name.  Written by Dave Callaham, this is a modern-day reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Tell-Tale Heart". This sets Poe's haunting tale against the backdrop of modern science made his money in the real estate business. Josh Lucas will play a single father whose recently »

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Magnolia Has a “Good Heart”

5 November 2009 11:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Another day, another late Toronto Film Festival pick-up. Magnolia Pictures has announced that it acquired Us rights to Dagur Kari’s “The Good Heart,” which stars an “L.I.E.” reunion in Brian Cox and Paul Dano.  Cox as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas … »

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First Look Review: Tell Tale

4 May 2009 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

No Fricking Kidding-- "Tell Tale" Tribeca Premiere Causes Audience Member To Have A Heart Attack! Holy Sh**!!!!!!! I just caught the premiere of the Tony and Ridley Scott produced Tell Tale at the Tribeca Film Fest and I’m still shaking. Both from the film--- and from what fucking happened during the screening. Holy shit, what a film. And I kid you not. It was so intense, about ten minutes from the end after one of the most traumatic sequences, some dude in the audience literally had a heart attack. For Real. The film was paused for half an hour while the paramedics came and attended to the poor guy, who was taken out a stretcher. After the film came back on for yet another shocking ten minutes, I asked around and it seems that the gentlemen in question will be okay. (Prayers And Blessings For A Full Recovery) I »

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A Heart-Stopping (Literally) Premiere

30 April 2009 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

In a horror film, it's usually the audience that's freaking out, but that wasn't the case Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, when Michael Cuesta's "Tell Tale" made its world premiere. Right as the stylish retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" reached its climax, one audience member's heart literally stopped, at least momentarily, as the film was suspended and an ambulance was called. (Though Cuesta initially suspected it might be a stunt on the part of Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, the director was later told it was likely a fainting spell or a transient ischemic attack.) Apparently, it wasn't the only breathtaking moment of the evening -- though there were far less serious implications as Brian Cox gave a chilling rendition of Poe's classic at the film's afterparty.

Cuesta and Josh Lucas couldn't stop talking about either of the two events »

- Stephen Saito

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Tribeca '09: Josh Lucas, Michael Cuesta Talk Tell-Tale

30 April 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

One of the high profile thrillers which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend is Tell Tale , the third movie from Michael Cuesta ( L.I.E. ). Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story .The Tell-Tale Heart,. this psychological thriller stars Josh Lucas as single father Terry Barnard, who after undergoing a successful heart transplant starts to see and feel strange things that might be related to the original donor, who died in a horrible death. Working with a police detective played by Brian Cox, Terry starts to track down those who might know what happened to the donor, but the people he questions tend to come to a violent end as Terry.s new heart starts to take control of his actions. The film's tone is not unlike M. Night »

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Tribeca Video Interview: Josh Lucas And Michael Cuesta

29 April 2009 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If all you've ever seen of Josh Lucas is Sweet Home Alabama, and all you've ever seen of Michael Cuesta is L.I.E., you might be confused to see the two of them team up for Tell Tale, a psychological thriller debuting at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. But after talking to the two of them the day after the film's premiere, it's clear that the actor and the director had the same goals in mind going in to make this deeply dark film. In Tell Tale, Lucas plays a single father who has recently received a heart transplant and is trying to get back to normal life. It soon becomes clear, though, that the previous owner of this heart is trying to send him messages to solve the mystery of his death. Lucas's character soon embarks on a kind of vigilante mission, but to avenge the death of »

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Tribeca Film Fest announces the rest of the lineup

11 March 2009 12:16 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

And here's the rest, including the Midnight Section, all after the break.


This collection of engaging and entertaining narrative features and documentaries, a mixture of dark comedies and lighter fare, offers work from returning filmmakers, established talent, and popular subjects, and includes 10 World Premieres. Included in Encounters are performances from Academy Award®-nominated actors Thomas Haden Church, Melissa Leo, Elisabeth Shue; directorial debuts from both Eric Bana and Cheryl Hines (from a screenplay by Adrienne Shelly); stories ranging from an ill-fated man's discovery of inspiration and happiness, dysfunctional families, and unrequited high school crushes to a doc on the emergence of New York’s independent film scene.

• Blank City, directed by Celine Danhier. (USA) - World Premiere, Documentary. Celine Danhier’s kinetic doc mirrors the urgent, anything-goes energy of her subject: the Diy independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late ‘70s downtown New York. »

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Tribeca Fest Announces Lineup (Part Two)

11 March 2009 12:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

That was fast! The ink is barely dry on yesterday's post and the Tribeca Film Festival has already announced the rest of their feature film lineup for this year's edition, which runs from April 22-May 3. A few quick picks:

Blank City. Celine Danhier's doc examines "the Diy independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late '70s downtown New York." Living in Los Angeles at the time, I got to see only a few of those films, just enough to get me really interested, so this could be educational and enlightening for modern indie film lovers.

Serious Moonlight. Cheating in the countryside -- and it's a comedy! Cheryl Hines directs from a script by the late Adrienne Shelly, with Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, and Kristen Bell. That's a lot of talent in a small package.

Tell Tale. The director of L.I.E. and Twelve and Holding makes »

- Peter Martin

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