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Aff 2014 Dispatch: Advice from Screenwriters

29 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

I enjoyed several of this year's panels at Austin Film Festival, with my only complaint being how to choose between concurrent sessions. The quality and diversity of conversations and panels were superb.

My highlight was "Science Fiction versus Science Fact" on Friday, when Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion), Eric Heisserer (Hours, The Thing) and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) discussed the fictional future we see onscreen and how they've addressed unknown possibilities in their own screenwriting.

Burns spoke about preparing for Contagion by approaching it as if science fiction movie by asking experts, "Tell me what's possible? What hasn't happened yet?" He emphasized the importance of research first -- "it's a phenomenal procrastination tool, and you can get amazing gems for narrative" -- citing cell phone jammers as an example of how authorities plan to control the flow of information during crisis, which makes for a good dramatic point. »

- Debbie Cerda

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The Fear Monger: The Conjuring 2 Finds The Best Director Possible

26 October 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Good day, horror fans. If you haven.t heard, critics are saying Ouija is the best film of the year. No, wait, you haven.t heard that because Ouija was a pile of crap. But anyone who expected different probably always needs things spelled out for them via board games. You might have better luck on the VOD front, where both the anthology film VHS: Viral and Brad Anderson.s Stonehearst Asylum were released in the past few days. In smaller news, Sony is teaming with Eric Heisserer, writer of the remakes for Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, for his directorial debut, a Ring-like supernatural thriller called Exposure. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will be headed to Japan for the suicidal ghost thriller The Forest, while Patrick Stewart will play a white supremacist leader for Jeremy Saulnier.s Green Room. Finally, the indie filmmaker crew Wtflol (responsible »

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Joel Edgerton Wants Uncle Owen to Play a Big Role in Obi Wan Spin-Off(s)

9 October 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Uncle Owen might not have been a huge part of the Star Wars universe, but he had an important role in Luke’s pre-Jedi life, in the space between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the prequel films, thinks there’s a story to be told about Owen during those years. Will it be told in the proposed Obi Wan spin-off (or spin-offs)?

Owen Lars—better known as Luke Skywalker’s cantankerous Uncle Owen in A New Hope—is not one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and his total on-screen time during the three films he appeared in was probably less than 10 minutes. However, there is someone who wants to see a lot more of him, and that’s Joel Edgerton, who played a young Owen in Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Edgerton  thinks Owen »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Read the Chilling Conclusion to 'The Thing' Writer Eric Heisserer's Online Horror Story

6 October 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Back in 2004 Eric Heisserer was just a normal guy who liked a good scary story. He began writing one himself and published it for free online as a series of communications between friends who were investigating the mystery behind a house that had seemingly driven their mutual friend to murder. This collection would eventually be known as The Dionaea House, and its viral popularity eventually landed Heisserer a movie deal at Warner Bros., though the studio never did end up making the movie. Since then, Heisserer has worked on the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, he penned Final Destination 5, and rewrote The Thing prequel. And in 2013 he made his directorial debut with the thriller Hours, which contains Paul Walker's best performance. But Heisserer hasn't forgotten his...

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- Peter Hall

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Tiff 2014 Review – A Second Chance (En chance til) (2014)

14 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Second Chance (En chance til), 2014.

Directed by Susanne Bier.

Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Lykke May Andersen.

Synopsis:

A veteran police officer with a wife and new baby makes a fateful decision when he is brought back into contact with a pair of junkie parents.

A middle class couple are enamoured with their baby boy who sleeps in a hanging basket beside the bed.  It turns out that the husband is a police officer who upon responding to a domestic disturbance discovers a neglected infant belonging to a pair of junkies.  The two worlds become entwined when the law enforcement officer wakes up in the middle of night hearing the screams of his wife who has discovered that their beloved child is dead and she threatens to kill herself; he makes a fateful decision to switch babies to save his marriage only to »

- Trevor Hogg

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Screen Media Has its Faults

26 August 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Variety just checked in with some distribution news for the dramatic thriller Faults, starring Leland Orser (The Guest, Taken) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, The Thing). Screen Media Films plans to distribute the film on March 6th with a nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.

Joining Orser and Winstead is an accomplished cast including Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, and John Gries. Riley Stearns wrote and directed the project, which was produced by Snoot’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu.

Synopsis:

Claire (Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents hire Ansel Roth (Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control, to kidnap and deprogram her.

Check out some early art below, and look for more on this one soon!

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- Steve Barton

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Paramount Locks Mary Elizabeth Winstead in The Cellar

25 August 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After the premake of The Thing lots of horror fans wanted to lock Mary Elizabeth Winstead up along with everyone else who botched what should have been a killer flick. Still, it wasn't really her fault, and she's back in a new horror flick, The Cellar.

According to Variety, Winstead is in negotiations to star in Paramount and Bad Robot’s new film which also stars John Goodman. Dan Trachtenberg will direct with J.J. Abrams producing for Bad Robot.

The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe, and as tensions rise, »

- Steve Barton

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Enters The Cellar

25 August 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

She battled an ancient alien creature in The Thing and, even more impressively, escaped both A Good Day To Die Hard and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with her dignity largely intact. Now, however, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will have to deal with a nasty kidnapper in The Cellar.J.J. AbramsBad Robot team is working this one up alongside the lower budget Paramount Vantage label. Dan Trachtenberg is aboard to direct Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Dan Casey’s script, which follows a young woman waking up underground following a nasty car accident.Her captor claims to be a rescuer, and reveals himself as a doomsday obsessive who says the world outside has become uninhabitable thanks to a serious chemical attack. But as her worries for her safety start to rise, our heroine must escape and risk whatever lurks beyond the cellar door…Winstead, who was last seen in The Spectacular Now, »

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Exclusive: Tom Woodruff Jr. Talks Harbinger Down and Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs

22 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With technology rapidly advancing in the world of filmmaking to the point where almost every theatrical genre film or big-budget blockbuster heavily relies on the use of CGI, it’s nice to see guys like Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics still so committed to the artistry and necessity of practical effects in moviemaking.

Both icons in the world of special effects, Woodruff Jr. and Gillis have collectively worked on a vast array of hugely successful  and influential films throughout their careers, including The Terminator, Aliens, Cocoon, Predator, The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Demolition Man, Tremors, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Jumanji, Spider-Man, Avp: Alien vs. Predator, and X-Men: First Class.

One of the recent projects the duo were a part of was Universal’s 2011 premake of The Thing, in which they were asked to create stunning practical creature effects to be used throughout production. Unfortunately, for both Woodruff Jr. »

- Heather Wixson

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'Harbinger Down' Trailer: Old-School Horror Fans Better Pay Attention to This Movie

10 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

No amount of impeccable CGI can replace the feeling of a tangible, practical, on-set special effect. It's why the T. rex breakout scene from Jurassic Park can still wow audiences 20 years later, and it's why the monster effects from The Thing are still mind-blowing today. If you agree, then have we got a movie for you: It's called Harbinger Down, and it's the directorial debut of effects masters Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., who between them have worked on Aliens, The Terminator, Predator, Tremors, Starship Troopers and many, many more genre classics (pictured above are just a few of their company's creations). We last covered Harbinger Down when Gillis and Woodruff Jr. were trying to raise money on Kickstarter to help cover some of their costs...

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- Peter Hall

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Trailer Debut: Crowdfunded Practical Creature Feature Harbinger Down

9 June 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Harbinger Down debuted a trailer this afternoon, offering a first-look at this creature feature that is brimming with practical FX. The interesting thing about this one: It's a crowdfunded film helmed by Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. Utilizing the FX team there, he created a tale, akin to The Thing, that stars Lance Henriksen. A promo debuted at Monsterpalooza in March; the trailer you see here is a more refined - and I will say stronger - cut that is still brimming with claws and tentacles and other gnarly stuff.

The post Trailer Debut: Crowdfunded Practical Creature Feature Harbinger Down appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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‘Alex of Venice’ Review: Another Stirring, Sterling Performance From Mary Elizabeth Winstead

20 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has the “one to watch” thing down pat. The former teen actress has now blossomed into one of independent film’s most reliable and relatable leading ladies and her steady rise up the cinematic ranks – from the drunken darkness of Smashed to the dark humor of Faults, with a little The Thing and A Good Day to Die Hard thrown in for a touch of blockbuster fun– has long been someone worth watching, and now. For his directorial debut, actor Chris Messina has quite wisely built a story around Winstead’s charms, setting her up as the eponymous Alex for his Alex of Venice, an amiable outing that serves as yet another reminder that Winstead is more than enough of a draw on her own. The duo star in the domestic drama as a long-time couple fractured and felled by apparently normal grievances. Alex (Winstead) is a hardcore workaholic, and »

- Kate Erbland

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Amy Adams Eyes Alien Thriller 'Story of Your Life'

2 April 2014 12:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams (American Hustle) is in talks to star in FilmNation's upcoming sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life for director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners).

The story is based on Ted Chiang's short story, which was adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5), centering on a linguist (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the government, after alien spacecraft start to appear all over the world. She must try to determine whether these extraterrestrials come in peace, or if they mean to do us harm. As she begins to communicate with them, the linguist experiences flashbacks that help unlock the mystery of why they are really here.

FilmNation, which acquired the project back in 2012, is producing and financing the project alongside Lava Bear. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine are producing through their 21 Laps Entertainment company. No production schedule has been given at this time.

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Amy Adams Gets Extraterrestrial in Story of Your Life

2 April 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The last time there was any movement on the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life was way back in November of 2012. Scripted by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing), the film has a new director and even a possible leading lady!

According to Deadline, Amy Adams (pictured; American Hustle) is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on the flick, which is based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre.

Story of Your Life takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, »

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Amy Adams May Tell The Story Of Your Life

2 April 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After exploring dark psychodrama with Prisoners and the upcoming Enemy, director Denis Villeneuve has his eye on science fiction for a future project. He’s attached to adapt short tale Story Of Your Life and he may have found a star, with Amy Adams in early talks.If she does end up in the film, Adams will star as Dr. Louise Banks, an expert linguist called in by the Us government to help when alien craft land on Earth and someone must learn to communicate with the occupants. As she explores their language and mindset, Dr. Banks figures out how to think as they do, developing the ability to "chrono-synclastically" perceive time from the outside. In a nutshell, she's able to "remember" the future, which has implications, since she can see the ultimate fate of her currently unborn daughter, as well as knowing more about the new arrivals’ intentions.With »

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Amy Adams May Lead 'Prisoners' Director's Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'

2 April 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following an Oscar nomination for American Hustle last year, Amy Adams is lining up another sci-fi project as she waits for Batman vs. Superman to begin shooting later this year for the pushed back release in the summer of 2016 where the film will face-off with Captain America 3. Deadline reports Adams is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a new film from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve and writer Eric Heisserer (the remake of The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street) we learned about in January. The thriller takes place on Earth after alien spacecrafts have landed around the world. Read on! Adams would play an expert linguist who is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or intend on destroying us. It sounds like a single scene in a larger sci-fi alien invasion movie, but as she learns to communicate with the aliens, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Amy Adams May Star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi Thriller Story Of Your Life

2 April 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Amy Adams deserves to be the true lead in a film again.  She's still been a force in numerous films over the past several years including The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, Her, and American Hustle to name a few.  But the last time she was truly front-and-center was in 2010's Leap Year.  That simply will not do.  However, she might be getting back to center stage if she signs on to the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life. According to Deadline, Adams is in early talks to play the lead.  The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) based on the short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake/prequel), centers on an expert linguist who learns to communicate with aliens who have crash landed around the planet.  As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to have vivid flashbacks that could reveal »

- Matt Goldberg

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Amy Adams Going Alien With Denis Villeneuve

2 April 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Amy Adams, who gained experience dealing with aliens in Man of Steel, is in early talks to star in the science-fiction thriller Story of Your Life, to be directed by Denis Villenueve. According to Deadline, Adams would play an "expert linguist ... recruited by the military" to determine whether newly-arrived extraterrestrials are friendly (like Superman) or antagonistic (like Zod). It's based on a Nebula Award-winning novella by Ted Chiang, first published in 1998; Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay; his credits include the scripts for the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, as well as writing and directing the recent Paul Walker vehicle Hours. Villenueve made a big splash with last year's one-two of Enemies and Prisoners, and his involvement suggests a thriller that...

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Amy Adams Will Tell 'The Story Of Your Life' With Director Denis Villeneuve

2 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Denis Villeneuve, already acclaimed on the arthouse circuit for films like "Polytechnique" and "Incendies," firmly made a play for the big leagues last year dropping two unforgettable films on the festival circuit. There was the star studded drama "Prisoners" followed by the mind-bending "Enemy" (now playing in limited release)—both starring Jake Gyllenhaal—that confirmed that the filmmaker refused to be bound by genre and would bring a unique vision to whatever material he's working on. And for his next effort, not only does he have good stuff to work with, but one of the biggest actresses in town coming on board. Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to join the sci-fi "The Story Of Your Life." Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5"), the story follows a linguist hired by the military »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Hours" A Fitting Tribute To Walker

30 March 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Hours shrinks the Hollywood megabudget, proving yet again that a small, specific idea can trump expensive special effects. Falling into a developing tradition of high-profile actors taking on creative micro-thrillers, a la Ryan Reynolds in Buried or Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter, Hours is a taut thriller that relies on character over battle sequences and emotion over quick one-liners.

Scribe Eric Heisserer is Hollywood’s reboot man, scripting the new Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, and The Thing. Hours is a genre departure for him and also marks his directorial debut. Starting in the hours before Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) rushes his pregnant wife (Genesis Rodriguez) to the hospital. When the birth is complicated, Nolan tragically loses his wife and is stricken to learn his newborn must be supported by a ventilator to survive. Katrina hits and the hospital is evacuated, »

- Kyle North

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