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Magic Magic, 2013.
Directed by Sebastián Silva.
A delicate and fragile young woman takes a Chilean roadtrip with some of her cousins’ friends, with unsettling and unexpected results.
Juno Temple could never be accused of choosing easy roles. The St Trinian from somewhat humble, inauspicious beginnings has developed as an actor by diversifying wildly by genre and tone. From a creative family (mother producer, father director) it comes as no great surprise that she has ended up pulling faces for money as a chosen profession.
Even at the tender age of twenty-five, she already has an enviable CV of roles, such as the aformentioned St Trinians, The Dark Knight Rises, Greenberg, Killer Joe, Lovelace and this project to name but half a dozen in a career littered with influences from a host of directors that have given her a solid grounding. »
- Steve Leadbetter
For the past few years, actor Mark Webber has been a mainstay at film festivals like Sundance and SXSW, appearing in movies that premiered at one or the other, including his first two features as a director, Explicit Ills and The End of Love . Probably his most high profile role to date was playing musician Stephen Stills in Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World , although he's had pivotal roles in a number of other movies as well - Save the Date and For A Good Time Call. are two of my personal favorites in terms of Webber performances. Right now, he can be seen in the thriller 13 Sins , directed by The Last Exorcism 's Daniel Stamm, playing a salesman faced with a baby on the way and insane medical bills for his autistic brother. When he gets a phone call offering »
From 1999-2008, NBC and DirecTV aired one of the strangest soap operas that ever existed. Yep, we're talking about "Passions."Featuring witches, talking dolls, incestuous hookups and even mermaids, the series was beyond weird ... and, thanks to its bizarre stories, also oddly addictive.It's also known as the show that introduced the world to Jesse Metcalfe's abs and served as a launching pad for stars like Natalie Zea ("The Following"), Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Justin Hartley ("Smallville," "Revenge").But what have the other residents of Harmony been up to since the show went off the air? We caught up with Sheridan Crane herself, McKenzie Westmore, last week -- where she revealed what she thought the wildest story-lines on the show were and if she keeps in contact with any of her costars.Check out the gallery above to find out which costars got engaged, »
- tooFab Staff
Last year we were happy to share the web series EastSiders right here on TheBacklot. The dark comedy starring Van Hansis (As the World Turns) and Kit Williamson (Mad Men) made its cable broadcast debut as a feature film on LogoTV, scored wins at both the Indie Series Awards and La Web Fest, received a Satellite Award, spawned a web comic and was eventually released on DVD and VOD by Wolfe Video.
We were wondering if the cast and crew might reunite for more episodes of this great series and– great news– EastSiders will indeed begin shooting a second season this Summer!
A Kickstarter campaign was launched today to finance the new episodes. (The first season was also funded via Kickstarter, reaching it’s goal in just four days and nearly doubling it by the end of the campaign.) The goal for filming a second season has been set at »
- Dennis Ayers
You've heard of the Black List, now here's the Blue List. New York City's Columbia University has announced its list of six exceptional unproduced screenplays they'll support. The competition was started by Columbia Film Mfa students and screenwriters Tesia Walker and Emily Shesh, who modeled their idea after the Black List, which highlights exceptional unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, many of which are eventually developed into acclaimed features. Previous Black List selections include "Juno," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and "In Bruges." The scripts were selected by a panel which included Glenn Close, Michael Mann, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg, UTA Agent Peter Benedek, Wme agent Tom Wellington, screenwriter Jim Hart, producer Dan Powell, producer Jenette Kahn, manager Dan Halsted, manager George Heller, Preferred Content agent Abby Davis, Preferred Content partner Ross M. Dinerstein, and NBC executive Joey Chavez. Walker and Shesh hope that the six screenplays »
- Max O'Connell
On the 10th anniversary of Shaun of the Dead opening in UK theaters, let’s talk about love. Not just the love we have for Edgar Wright‘s 2004 zom-rom-com but the love that is explored in the rom-com side of that genre-splicing equation. Forget the zed word. Pretend there’s no zombies in the movie at all. They drive the plot but they’re not really relevant to the story, which is of a relationship on the rocks and the obstacles in its way of succeeding. The zombie element only exacerbates (a word I genuinely learned from this movie) the situation, heightening the tension and increasing the difficulty level while also providing a mechanism through which the main characters are able to more easily get over their relationship hurdles. I use the term “difficulty level” because, in a way, Shaun of the Dead is like a romance video game where different bosses have to be defeated in »
- Christopher Campbell
Marvel owns the first weekend of April, 2014, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier storming the box office with an estimated $90-$93 million take. With The Avengers: Age of Ultron filming around the world as competing studios prepare to release their own various Marvel movies, the brand’s current dominance is indisputable.
As we look ahead to 2015, one of the most intriguing releases of that year is Marvel’s Ant-Man, which will begin shooting in Georgia this May. Directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) from a script by Wright and Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, Ant-Man has already turned heads with some offbeat casting choices - Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, ...
- Anthony Vieira
The Us House Of Cards actor and notable bald man Corey Stoll is currently in talks with Marvel Studios to appear in next year’s Ant-Man movie directed by Edgar Wright. Significant in that it’ll be the next ‘fringe’ Marvel movie to be made after this summer’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, it’s unclear what to expect from the film as the story – written by Wright and Attack The Block writer/director Joe Cornish – has so far been kept under wraps, aside from the information that Michael Douglas will play original Hank Pym and Paul Rudd his successor (at least in the comics) Scott Lang.
Ant-Man’s certainly not a household name – not yet, at least – so it’ll be interesting to see what fruits his translation to the silver screen will bear, as it’s unlikely a superhero film made by the director of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World »
- Mark Allen
Having made his mark directing a couple of found footage horror films, director Daniel Stamm does his best to move over to a more traditional form of story-telling with 13 Sins, a film that while isn’t ground-breakingly original, offers viewers a fun and tense ride.
A remake of the Thailand-shocker “13: Game Of Death“, 13 Sins follows Elliot Brindle (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World‘s Mark Webb), a man with good intentions but highly down on his luck. His fiance’ is pregnant, his racist father is getting evicted, and when he’s fired for not being cut-throat enough, Elliot is in danger of losing his insurance, meaning that he won’t be able to pay for his mentally-handicapped brother’s care taking, which in turn might mean he moving him into a home. While deep in despair, Elliot gets a mysterious phone call, with a very robotic and cold voice on the other end, »
- Jerry Smith
Yesterday, it was announced that G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu will be making a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, The Purge) and music mogul Scooter Braun producing. They asked fans to get in on the fun by sending submissions of all kinds. They are looking for casting ideas, audition tapes, costume designs, and even music proposals. We thought we'd contribute by casting the movie ourselves, as we are big fans of this 80s animated series and toy line from Hasbro. And of course, we start with Jem, who can only be played by Jennifer Lawrence. Seriously, is there any one else? Take a look at our first cast proposal to the makers of Jem and the Holograms.
1Jennifer Lawrence as Jem/Jerrica Benton
Jem isn't just some throwaway cartoon. It has some of the best writing seen on 80s afternoon television, »
As with Sunday night's "Lost" panel, I stepped in to do a little TV duty this week and attended tonight's "Parks and Recreation" panel at the PaleyFest. I'm not sure there's a group of characters that I like spending time with each week as much as the "Parks" group right now. Pawnee has taken its place right alongside Springfield as one of the most fully-realized comedy communities in TV history. Each year, we learn more about the people of Pawnee and we learn more about the main characters and we just plain dig deeper into the roiling cauldron of weird that is headed up by the great Leslie Knope, played by the also-great Amy Poehler. After a very spirited round of interviews on the red carpet, I headed upstairs where they were just starting to screen this Thursday's new episode, "Galentine's Day." After this, there are only six more episodes this year, »
- Drew McWeeny
Michael Peña, fresh off roles in the upcoming Cesar Chavez and last year’s critical darling American Hustle, has confirmed his potential involvement in the Edgar Wright-directed Marvel adaptation of Ant-Man. The actor told reporters that he is “still figuring out” if he’ll be able to participate in the hotly anticipated film, which is on schedule for a summer 2015 release. “I don’t know, but as soon I know, I’ll tell you,” he said.
Ant-Man, which has yet to begin production, will feature Paul Rudd as the titular hero and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly are also both currently in talks to join the cast, and both are expected to be confirmed shortly.
- Jeff Castilla
Just another week after Mondo's hit Disney gallery show Nothing's Impossible where over 300 people were in line by the show's opening, Mondo had another hit on their hands with the Martin Ansin/Kevin Tong show. Around 150 people were in line before opening, but it was still just as amazing as the Disney show. Hot properties such as Robocop, Scott Pilgrim versus the World, and Flash Gordon were all displayed and for sale. Hit the jump for photos from inside the gallery. To me, the piece of the show was Martin Ansin's diptych Flash Gordon. With a combination of his 2009-era style and smart connection between the two prints, you have a classic print remniscent of his Metropolis and Phantom of the Opera pieces from 2009. Kevin Tong's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World print was a nice surprise with its colorful composition and excellent likenesses. You can't tell from looking at the »
- Bryan Henderson
Down in Austin, Texas, the film and music festival South by Southwest is coming to a close, and the two big winners were Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers' Fort Tilden in the Narrative Feature Competition and Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible in the Documentary Feature Competition. But there were plenty of other great films that premiered down South, and we have a red band trailer for the midnight premiere 13 Sins starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). It's a horror flick where a mysterious phone call sets a downtrodden salesman on a dangerous series of tasks that prove to be pretty gruesome. Watch it! Here's the red band trailer for Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins from Radius-twc: 13 Sins is directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) from a script he co-wrote with David Birke (Freeway Killer). A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for »
- Ethan Anderton
TV news and notes:
- Tom Bergeron will step aside as host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" after next season, his 15th with the show. "I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of 'Afv,' next year, the show's 25th annviersary(!!), will be my last," he says in a statement. Bergeron hosts "Dancing With the Stars" and says he's also pitched a live "Afv" spinoff to the network. [Vulture]
- HBO has released a teaser for Season 3 of its comedy "Veep," premiering April 6, and it appears that Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has just about had it with her job as vice president. Take a look (some Nsfw language):
- Watch out, "Sharknado." Syfy has lined up its next TV movie and even cast a respected actress in the lead role. Linda Hamilton ("The Terminator") will star in "Bermuda Tentacles" as an admiral aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, searching »
Next Monday (10 March) sees the release of Destin Daniel Cretton's directorial debut Short Term 12 (2013) on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of Verve Pictures. Once an outside bet for a late Academy Awards run, the film unfortunately missed out on an Oscar nomination, particularly for its outstanding star performer, Brie Larson. Perhaps best known to UK audiences for her supporting roles in comedies Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and 21 Jump Street, Larson superbly illustrates her serious drama credentials in Cretton's Sundance hit, which follows workers at a at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. CineVue's Adam Lowes recently caught up with Larson to discuss the award-winning film and her extremely varied career to date.
- CineVue UK
Studios aren’t just looking to superhero comics for inspiration for their blockbusters; less “super” graphic novels and stories have also been adapted, to varying degrees of success throughout the years. Films like 300, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Red come to mind and now, Universal has set its sights on a story from Image Comics with big box office potential: Tommysaurus Rex.
Universal actually bought the rights to the project a decade ago, when Mary Parent was the co-president of the studio. They even paid $1 million for the rights and tried to make the film happen under David O. Russell’s direction. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground and wound up getting shelved. Now, it seems Universal is blowing the dust off the comic book’s pages and trying again, with news that the studio just hired Win Win director Thomas McCarthy to pen the screenplay and possibly direct. »
- James Garcia
A most dangerous game indeed tempts a meek, straight-laced insurance salesman to embrace the beast within in “13 Sins,” a creepy little diversion that ultimately unravels long before its hero’s fragile psyche does. Having made a commercially successful foray into religio-supernatural horror with 2010′s “The Last Exorcism,” German-born director Daniel Stamm here applies his relatively slick, straightforward genre smarts to a template provided by the 2006 Thai thriller “13: Game of Death” (also known as “13 Beloved”). The resulting remake achieves a modest degree of tension and dark humor before tilting into gory overkill, while its diffuse central ideas — about materialism, the dangers of playing God and the latent human capacity for violence — never really take plausible shape. Intriguing enough to appeal to younger thrill-seekers but unlikely to match the B.O. spoils of Stamm’s previous picture, these “Sins” will be paid for primarily through streaming and other home-viewing services following »
- Justin Chang
In the last decade or so, the horror genre has become infamous for producing box-office successes based on minimalist story concepts. The trend may continue later this year with the upcoming horror film "13 Sins," starring Mark Webber ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Golden-Globe winner Ron Perlman ("Drive," "Hellboy"). "13 Sins" takes its audience on a wild ride alongside Elliot, a down-on-his-luck salesman whose response to a cryptic phone call leads him to a dangerous game in which he must perform thirteen tasks to earn the money he desperately needs, with each task becoming more violent and sadistic than the last. The trailer seems to take a page out of the "Saw" series, with Webber as Elliot and Perlman as the officer hunting him down for his crimes, while the mysterious voice on the other end of the phone line intimates how easily people can suddenly turn into monsters when they need to. »
- Ziyad Saadi
13 Sins is a remake of the 2006 title 13: Game of Death. This latest version is from director and writer Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). And, the film stars Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman. 13 Sins will have its World Premiere at the SXSW '14 Film Festival, before releasing through video-on-demand formats March 14th. Horror fans can view the film's brutal trailer here. 13 Sins tells a tale of a normal man with the common burden of debt. A mysterious caller rings Elliot (Webber) up and the caller has a solution for his money troubles. A series of tests, which become more and more violent, will provide Elliot with 6.2 million dollars. But, can Elliott go on killing and killing? And, can the local authorities stop Elliot's murder spree? The trailer for 13 Sins is one of the most bloody clips to come this way in quite awhile. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
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