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15 items from 2008

Olyphant Gets a Case of The Crazies

20 November 2008 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Timothy Olyphant ( Hitman ) is set to star in Breck Eisner's remake of The Crazies . The update of George Romero's 1973 film of the same name is being produced for Overture Films; the company has it penciled in for release on September 25, 2009. The actor - who has appeared in other genre fare like Scream 2 , Dreamcatcher and the upcoming A Perfect Getaway - will play a town sheriff up to his neck in residents infected with a biological weapon after a plane crashes tainting the water supply. Scott Kosar ( The Machinist ) wrote early drafts of the script which was then handed over to Ray Wright ( Pulse ). Romero is on board as executive producer; he's joined by Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris. caught up to Eisner earlier this year to talk »

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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 11/04

4 November 2008 7:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Clockwise from top left: Get Smart, Transsiberian, Kung Fu Panda, Budd Boetticher Box Set, Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection.

Welcome to this week's edition of Spin-ematical, chock full of alternatives to election coverage!

Kung Fu Panda

Though some of the celebrity voices were useless, Jack Black is great, and the film itself is pleasant, good-natured, and respectful of Asian culture. Available in at least seven editions, including widescreen, full-screen, Spanish, a Christmas gift set, with and without Secrets of the Furious Five (a 20-minute short), and on Blu-ray; oddly, this doesn't release until Sunday. Buy it.


Traveling by train in the dead of winter from Beijing to Moscow should be much more restful than what happens to Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer in this adventure / suspense / thriller; Ben Kingsley plays a menacing Russian detective. I'm recommending this one sight unseen because Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) directed. »

- Peter Martin

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New DVD Releases: Get Smart, Transsiberian, and More

4 November 2008 2:27 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The big-screen remake of Get Smart, starring Office funnyman Steve Carell in the role of comically inept secret agent Maxwell Smart, leads this week's batch of new DVD releases*. Also debuting today on DVD: Machinist director Brad Anderson's indie thriller Transsiberian, starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Kingsley; the animated holiday special Shrek the Halls; the straight-to-dvd animated comedy Futurama: Bender's Game ; and yet another completely unnecessary pair of Star Wars box sets.

(*This week's other major release, the Dreamworks animated hit Kung Fu Panda, arrives on DVD Sunday, November 9. More on that later.)

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 11/4/2008 by Thomas

Get Smart | The Machinist | Transsiberian | Shrek the Halls | Kung Fu Panda »

- Thomas Leupp

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Fassbender joins Inglorious Bastards

20 August 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- What I've gathered over the past couple of weeks is that Quentin Tarantino's casting decisions for Inglorious Bastards are definitely leaning towards the action comedy genre perhaps to a Tropic Thunder pedigree rather than an Ocean's Eleven similitude. I've yet to read the script, but fighting the SS seems to come across as a rollicking good time with the names that have so far been attached.  I wouldn't be surprised if today's addition (Variety reports that Michael Fassbender is in final negotiations to replace Simon Pegg's vacated Lt. Archie Hicox character) wasn't first hatched while Tarantino was walking the croisette back in May. Among the films that were the most talked about at Cannes was Steve McQueen's Hunger - where Fassbender delivers one of those brilliant performances that will be talked about throughout his career. In Hunger, he takes on the lead figure role of hunger strike strategist Bobby Sands, »

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Interview With 'Transsiberian' Director Brad Anderson!

21 July 2008 4:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This past Friday First Look Studios released Brad Anderson's (Session 9, The Machinist) latest thriller into theaters, Transsiberian, which follows a pair of American tourists who end up in one helluva heap of trouble. Inside you can read our exclusive chat with the director where he talks about the real-life inspiration for the film, among many other things (including his potential re-teaming with Scott Kosar and Christian Bale). Today I chatted over the phone with director Brad Anderson about his new film, Transsiberian, where he revealed a bunch of other films he has in the works, including a re-teaming with Christian Bale! First up, we spoke about the Hitchcockian train thriller, which is now in limited theatrical release. »

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Brad Anderson Goes Horror Crazy! Loads of New Projects...

18 July 2008 3:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

This morning B-d reporter SpookyDan caught up with genre fav Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) to chat about his latest thriller, Transsiberian, which is now in limited theaters from First Look Studios. During the interview Anderson revealed he is working on a bunch of horror projects, including All Lost Souls and a a apocalyptic horror pic entitled Vanishing, along with a new project with Christian Bale! "I have a few horror specific things in the works," Anderson tells Bloody-Disgusting exclusively. " first I am doing All Lost Souls, a serial killer movie, and the other is called Vanishing - a smart post apocalyptic horror film.".. »

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Interview: Brad Anderson on "Transsiberian"

17 July 2008 12:36 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Aaron Hillis

By now, writer/director Brad Anderson ("Session 9") must be bored to death of people asking him about Christian Bale's monumental weight loss for "The Machinist," perhaps the most memorably disturbing image from his still-under-the-radar career. (Could this be the same Brad Anderson who once made quirky rom-coms like "Next Stop Wonderland" and "Happy Accidents"? Indeed, it is.) After taking on episodes of "The Wire" and "Masters of Horror," Anderson returns to features with the moody, diabolically suspenseful "Transsiberian," starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as an American couple on a church-sponsored charity mission in China who soon face moral dilemmas and enigmatic strangers on the titular train to Russia. Of course ol' Hitch came up in my conversation with Anderson, but so did Dostoyevsky, hipster thrillers and the in-the-works adaptation he wishes he could've made. [Warning: Major spoilers ahead!]

Variety's review said "The long sidelined subgenre centered on mysterious »

- Aaron Hillis

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Movie Review: Transsiberian

17 July 2008 1:19 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Director Brad Anderson on set of Transsiberian

Photo: First Look Studios Brad Anderson scored in 2004 with his indie film The Machinist. Now, when I say "scored" I don't mean the film that generated a mere $1 million at the box-office found its way into the hearts of millions, but it was a film that put Anderson on the map as it told a deeply engaging dark story and generated a reaction from its audience. Anderson showed talent as a director, which made me genuinely interested in his next film, Transsiberian, which touted a cast made up of Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Thomas Kretschmann and Ben Kingsley. That's some real talent and worthy of a once over. Depending on your level of anticipation and curiosity, this is a film that can generate several reactions. Folks can come away riveted as there are several twists to the narrative often giving viewers »

- Brad Brevet

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Three Clips From Brad Anderson's 'Transsiberian'

14 July 2008 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Arriving in limited theaters this Friday from First Look Studios is Brad Anderson's (Session 9, The Machinist) latest thriller, Transsiberian, which stars Woody Harrelson, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley. Today we were provided with three clip links and the trailer, which you can check out inside. The story focuses on an American couple that travels on the famous Trans-Siberian train from China to Moscow and encounters another couple. What seems to be a simple train journey soon turns into a thrilling chase full of deception and murder as it becomes clear that not everybody is what they seem. »

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Video: Watch Serj Tankian sing Lie Lie Lie from Fear Itself

19 June 2008 2:19 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Warner Bros Records has released the latest Serj Tankian (System of a Down) music video “Lie Lie Lie” from the new series “Fear Itself” only on NBC. “Fear Itself” is a television horror anthology series broken down into 13 separate 60-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors. With an all star cast including Joe Gangemi, Steve Niles and Dan Knauf, and genre directors including Brad Anderson (”The Machinist”), Darren Bousman (”Saw II, III and IV) and Ronny Yu (”Bride [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Bdtv: Brad Anderson Intros Fear Itself Clip From 'Spooked'

12 June 2008 1:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Today we were provided with a special look at the next episode of Fear Itself entitled "Spooked", which was directed by Brad Anderson and premieres tonight on NBC. "Spooked" is directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist") and written by Matt Venne ("White Noise 2: The Light"). While on a stake out in a haunted house, a private eye (Eric Roberts) is made to confront the demons of his past. Jack Noseworthy ("Judging Amy"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost") and Larry Gilliard Jr. ("The Wire") also star. Read on for the clip and check out Fear Itself tonight on NBC. Next week Ronny Yu's episode will air. »

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Brad Anderson's Transsiberian Trailer On-Line!

4 June 2008 9:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The trailer to Transsiberian has debuted over on Yahoo's site. While not exactly in the "horror" genre, there's a number of reasons I'm reporting on it. Firstly, it's the latest from director Brad Anderson, the filmmaker behind Session 9, The MacHinist (Great, great movie), the Masters Of Horror episode Sounds Like and an upcoming episode of Fear Itself. So, since he's one of the few director's out there doing radically different things on each project, I'll see anything he does.

Secondly, the stellar cast. Woody Harrelson (National Born Killers) , Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega (who's in 2 of my favorite foreign films Thesis and Open Your Eyes) and Ben Kingsley.

Lastly, the movie looks really good! See for yourself and check out the trailer Here!


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NBC scares up summer of 'Fear'

4 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC has lined up a host of talent for its upcoming horror anthology series Fear Itself.

Directors on the list include John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and Darren Bousman (the "Saw" series), with such actors as Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Eric Roberts (" L.A. Confidential").

Fear Itself is slated to run for 13 episodes on NBC in the summer.

The series is from Lionsgate, which produces heavily in the horror film genre, and Industry Entertainment, the company behind Showtime's Masters of Horror and last summer's ABC anthology series Masters of Science Fiction.

Others directors signed on include Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason), Brad Anderson (The Machinist), Breck Eisner (the upcoming Creature From the Black Lagoon remake), Mary Harron (American Psycho) and Ernest Dickerson (NBC's Heroes). Acting talent also includes Shiri Appleby (Charlie Wilson's War), Cynthia Watros (ABC's Lost) and Pablo Schreiber (HBO's The Wire).

"We've teamed up with some of the most illustrious writers, actors and directors to create a distinctive, scare-filled series that will push the boundaries of this classic genre," NBC Entertainment executive vp Teri Weinberg said. »

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First Look boards Brad Anderson's Siberian thriller

27 February 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- After stops at Sundance and Berlin, the Brad Anderson, Spanish-financed, filmed in Lithuania, Russia and China the thriller has finally found domestic distribution for the U.S. Variety reports that First Look Studios will defrost the picture sometime this summer. We rated this as a must see film for 2008. Transsiberian revolves around an American couple (Harrelson and Mortimer) traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway from China to Moscow. When they meet another couple (Mara and Noriega), the result is a train ride full of deception and murder. Kingsley and Kretschmann will play Russian police officers pursuing the couples. Coming four years after the release of The Machinist, this is definitely Anderson's most large scale project to date - and at best, the summer date might pull in Herzog-like Rescue Dawn type numbers -  profits that First Look desperately needs to turn the page on a difficult 2007 campaign. »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #76 Transsiberian

29 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #76. Transsiberian Director: Brad AndersonWriters: Will Conroy and Anderson Producers: Julio Fernández Distributor: Currently Seeking Distribution The Gist:Crime thriller revolves around an American couple (Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer) traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway from China to Moscow. When they meet another couple (Mara and Noriega), the result is a train ride full of deception and murder. Ben Kingsley and Thomas Kretschmann will play Russian police officers pursuing the couples. Fact: Anderson last directed two episodes of The Wire. See It: This is yet another example of how the filmmaker is at ease in the thriller genres with a twist. I'm  expecting The Machinist type results with superb perfs from this cast. Release Date/Status?: Sundance and Berlin film festival showcases will help find this film a domestic distributor - a late year release is probable.   »

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