10 items from 2011
Fantastic Fest is an annual film festival in Austin, Texas, founded in 2005 by Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, and Tim McCanlies, writer of The Iron Giant and Secondhand Lions. The festival which focuses on genre films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian, and cult takes place in September at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, filling three screens for eight days and hosting many writers, directors and actors, both well established and unknown. We’ve already posted the first wave of films which was pretty impressive. Now the fest has announced the second wave which includes Ahn Sang-hoon’s Blind, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and aume Balaguero’s Sleep Tight. See the press release below.
Austin, TX–Thursday, August 18th, 2011– Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the second wave of programming for the seventh edition of Fantastic Fest, »
- Kyle Reese
Everyone's favorite creepy kid, "The Sixth Sense" star Haley Joel Osment, is back, and this time, he's a creepy grown up! Osment, now 23 (yes, you're old), has signed on to star in "Wake the Dead," an adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" based on a series of graphic novels by Steven Niles.
CNN reports that Osment, who has grown up to vaguely resemble Dawson Leery, will play "Victor Franklin, a college student morbidly experimenting with the limits of human death." Sounds gruesome.
Osment made the news in 2006 when he was charged with a DUI when he flipped his car and had to be rushed to the hospital for a shoulder injury and a broken rib. Just 18, with a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit for the 21+ crowd, »
Yes, it's been eight long years since we've had the pleasure of seeing Haley on film. I've been counting the days. Watching his last film, 2003′s Secondhand Lions over and over again, but it just wasn't enough to satisfy my Haley fix. And now, with this good news, I'm sated. Mr. Robert Pattinson better watch out, there is a new heart throb in town and his name is Haley. Variety reports Osment will star in Wake the Dead, an adaptation of 30 Days of Night author Stephen Niles‘s graphic novel that takes the Frankenstein story and sets it in the present day. Osment will play a college student named Victor Franklin who, in his studies, experiments with reversing death. Wake the Dead is being produces through the guitarist Slash‘s horror banner, Slasher Films. Jay Russell (Ladder 49) is set to direct. Says Slasher Films producer Rob Eric of Osment’s casting, »
Can you believe that it's been ten years since the cute kid from The Sixth Sense made a movie? The last film that Haley Joel Osment starred in was 2002's Secondhand Lions. Since then he's still been working but as a voice actor for the Kingdom Hearts game series, and going to school. But now Osment is coming out of the woodwork to star in a new scary movie, this one based on a comic book that's inspired by one of the most famous monster tales of all time.
The name of Osment's new project is Wake the Dead, and the comic it's based on comes from the imagination of 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles. Osment will play Victor, a Dr. Frankenstein-like character who is a promising young scientist. Victor believes that he's discovered a way to defeat death, but it's going to require a few spare body parts from unwilling participants. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Haley Joel Osment, who earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense, is set to return to acting after an 8-year break for school. The now 23-year-old actor was last seen in 2003′s Secondhand Lions.
Variety reports Osment will star in Wake the Dead, an adaptation of 30 Days of Night author Stephen Niles‘s graphic novel that takes the Frankenstein story and sets it in the present day. Osment will play a college student named Victor Franklin who, in his studies, experiments with reversing death.
Wake the Dead is being produces through the guitarist Slash‘s horror banner, Slasher Films. Jay Russell (Ladder 49) is set to direct. Says Slasher Films producer Rob Eric of Osment’s casting, “This role allows him to break out of his shell and he will have no problem handling it.”
So far, Wake the Dead looks »
- James Battaglia
During a recent discussion with some of my fine geek chums, I was enthusing about my love of Joe Johnston’s work, and how much I’m looking forward to his take on Captain America. For Johnston, like Joe Dante, may only have a clutch of films to his name, but they’ve had a continued presence in my life since childhood, and are either beloved, or significant to me in some way – it’s quality, not quantity - with Rocketeer standing atop Johnston’s profile.
I’ll happily confess that, aside from the odd comic crossover in the past, or the more recent Marvel Zombies, I don’t think I’ve ever read a standalone Captain America comic, but that is only heightening my anticipation of the new Chris Evans starrer. »
I mentioned the production of When Angels Sing a few weeks ago: Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions) is directing this adaptation of a Turk Pipkin story, and it's produced by Elizabeth Avellan. The cast includes many familiar faces from the music industry: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Sara Hickman and Harry Connick, Jr., plus Connie Britton.
When Angels Sing was recently shooting over in Northwest Park by Shoal Creek Blvd. in the Allandale neighborhood. I found some photos on Flickr from the shoot. Jim Lallen, who lives in Allandale, graciously gave me permission to publish some of his photos here. He was only able to take a few before someone on the production shooed him away.
In the above photo ("Action"), you can see Kris Kristofferson preparing to shoot a scene with a younger actor, barely visible -- I am wondering if this is Houston actor Chandler Canterbury, credited on »
- Jette Kernion
New stills from 11-11-11, the first photo of Peter Dinklage in The Knights of Badassdom, art book photos for Sucker Punch, and new posters for I Saw the Devil, Oranges and Sunshine, Water for Elephants, Atlas Shrugged and The Resident.
A fun infographic breaks down the basics of Doctor Who for those who want to catch up.
"The Farrelly Brothers say they'll reveal the cast of their upcoming "Three Stooges" biopic in about a month..." (full details)
- Garth Franklin
A couple of casting stories for you today. Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Harry Connick Jr. will headline the holiday family film When Angels Sing. The film will be directed by Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions), with a script by Lou Berney adapted from the novel of the same name by Turk Pipkin (Best. Name. Ever.). Variety reports that Kris Kristofferson, Chandler Canterbury, Willie Nelson, Fionnula Flanagan, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson and Lyle Lovett round out the Texas country music-themed cast. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) will star in the drama documentary Who is Dayani Cristal?. The documentary recently started filming and explores the immigration debate sparked by the discovery of an unidentified body found on the Us/Mexico border with a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal” as the only identifying mark. Variety reports that the film is being produced by Pulse Films and Bernal’s own company Canana. »
- Adam Chitwood
When does a child actor stop being merely precocious and enter the pantheon of acting gods? You know the gods of which we speak; they look down from their mighty pedestals as we shower them with tributes year after year… The Oscar Nominees.
Well, in order to walk through that threshold into Hollywood’s elite circle, these young folks have to have chops, serious chops. Or be really, really cute. Either way, it takes sacrifice, hard work and possibly some crazy-ass stage parents.
In honor of this year’s youthful nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), and for your continued cinematified education, we present the youngest ever Academy Award nominees and winners from throughout the history of the awards.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actor (Youngest Nominee)
A troubled family is at the center of 1979′s “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” where Henry »
- Max Evry
10 items from 2011
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