18 items from 2010
Lionsgate has confirmed that Mike White, who wrote School of Rock and Nacho Libre, both starring Jack Black, will be at the helm of the Seth Grahame-Smith’s re-interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that features heroine Elizabeth Bennet. Natalie Portman still rumored to be the producer behind the film, however there’s still no cast members yet. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2009 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a mashup combining Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author. Related Posts:Natalie Portman Not starring in Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Predjudice and Zombies: No director for Pride and prejudice?Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Author Steve HockensmithBook Review: Pride and Predjudice and Zombies – Author Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-SmithFilm Review: I Love Sarah Jane (Short) (2008)©2010 Horror News.net | Horror Movies, »
Here at Dread Central we're always on the lookout for cool videos and short films to share with our readers, and today we're happy to present "I Love Sarah Jane", a short film written by Spencer Susser (who also directed) and David Michôd. Set in a smoky, grey sky of a world populated by zombies and survivalist children, "I Love Sarah Jane" stars the always fabulous Mia Wasikowska.
Ah, young love. The air seems clearer. The sun seems brighter. There's a spring in the step. Too bad about the zombie apocalypse.
For a bit of background on the filmmakers, Susser's Hesher, a comedy featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, premiered and got picked up at Sundance, and Michôd's Animal Kingdom, which won the world cinema jury prize at Sundance, has received rapturous reviews all year long along with dark horse Oscar talk for terrifying matriarch Jacki Weaver. Both are members »
- The Woman In Black
Forget all of the negative buzz from Sundance, Hesher is one of the best indies of the year and destined for cult status when it gets released sometime next spring. This slick and exceptionally polished piece of film anarchy left an ear to ear shit eating grin plastered across my face that's still there two days later.
Who is Hesher? Hesher is a head banging, cunt punching, car bombing, nihilistic Marry Poppins for the Heavy Metal Parking Lot set and also one of the most captivating and memorable characters of recent memory.
I can already see the Hesher T-shirts flying off of the shelves at Hot Topic next year and expect to see plenty of Heshers at future Halloween parties. But don't let that assertion persuade you.
This has been the year for the guys from Blue-Tongue Films, a talented collective of Australian filmmaking talents, whose skills range from stunts to acting to directing. Spencer Susser's Hesher, a comedy featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, premiered and got picked up at Sundance, Nash Edgerton's nastly little noir The Square had its American release, and David Michod's Animal Kingdom, which won the world cinema jury prize at Sundance, has received rapturous reviews all year long, along with dark horse Oscar talk for terrifying matriarch Jacki Weaver. (It is, certainly, one of the year's best films.) I Love Sarah Jane was written by Susser and Michod, and directed by Susser with a wry, deadpan eye. Set in a smoky, grey sky of a world populated by zombies and survivalist children, it follows one young lad, Jimbo, who's in love with the lovely Sarah Jane (a before-she-hit-America Mia Wasikowska »
Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who later became Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but has finally completed his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (more here, review here). This week our friends at FilmSchoolRejects posted a short film Susser wrote and directed in July 2005 titled A Love Story, which I had never seen before. The tagline is "love hurts" and this film is the literal example of that famous saying. »
- Peter Sciretta
From Ti West’s The Roost in 2005 and the highly acclaimed The House of the Devil in 2009 to Glenn McQuaid’s current period horror/comedy I Sell the Dead, voted Best Indie Film of 2009 by Rue Morgue magazine, Fessenden is on course to being one of the most in-demand producers/directors as well as actors in the 21st Century (check out his IMDb resume – he’s been in everything from the mainstream hit The Brave One with Jodie Foster to the cult horror favorite Session 9).
Elaine Lamkin: First off, »
[Our thanks to Mike Sizemore for the following review.]
Sky 3D were kind enough to invite me along to last night's Royal premier of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in London so I got to briefly tread the same red green carpet as Johnny Depp (although I was asked to sign less autographs) and don my shades in the presence of Prince Charles and Avril Lavigne. So the evening was a surreal experience even before the rabbit hole tumble.
The movie features a British who's who of voice talent and the majority of them braved the rain to watch their mostly CGI rendered performances for the first time. Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Christopher Lee and the indomitable Barbara Windsor were in fine form with fans and press alike. Depp especially seemed determined to ignore the weather and stay outside with the fans as long as possible signing countless autographs and speaking to soaked souls who had been waiting for hours, »
It's time again to note the landing of a new Wholphin, number ten this time in the biannual subscription series from Dave Eggers' McSweeney's mill, and now more than ever it seems a vital project, even as our free time becomes increasingly consumed by watching and sharing viral "shorts" on YouTube.
Actually, what often spurs YouTube popularity isn't so far from the aesthetic-ironic rationales employed by Wholphin -- aside from newsworthiness and blooper moments and stupid people tricks, the genuine viral videos that catch on can have an odd, otherworldly sense of amazement to them, showing you something real that you never thought you'd see. Wholphin does better than that, of course, curating with not only the Omg factor in mind, but also duration, real wit and the amazement that can come with new visual perspectives. But there's also a rabid hunger at work for what's brand new not »
- Michael Atkinson
[Editor's note: Special thanks to our friend Chase over at Gordon and the Whale for the following reviews]
Splice - Written by Rusty Gordon
Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant & Doug Taylor (screenplay), Vincenzo Natali & Antoinette Terry Bryant (story) Director: Vincenzo Natali Cast: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, Delphine Chanéac
It might be cheap to say that if you enjoy David Cronenberg, you should enjoy Splice (using one man’s art to describe another’s). But there are obvious similarities between Splice and a large body of Cronenberg’s work (if you get the pun, I’m glad that you love Cronenberg too). The big one being a body used to create horror. But in this film, the body was never completely human.
Of course, if Splice was just a straight up rip-off of Cronenberg’s films it wouldn’t work because the two would be too similar. However, Splice director Vincenzo Natali is able to have his own fun while giving a respectful nod to master Cronenberg and his other influences. »
Good news from Sundance with word that Newmarket Films has just picked up the rights to Spencer Susser's Hesher. The feature debut from the director of stunning zombie short I Love Sarah Jane, Hesher has been one of the more anticipated titles of the year around here and it's good to know we'll have a fighting chance of seeing it soon. Also good to know is that Newmarket is also in pursuit of Vincenzo Natali's Splice which means that film's distribution saga - Us rights have twice been acquired by companies that failed soon after - may be coming to an end.
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Park City -- A new distributor has made its mark at Sundance and a veteran indie is back in the game as the result of two film pickups on Thursday. Several more sales were brewing.
The film and video division of independent book publisher Hannover House ponied up about $2 million for "Twelve," director Joel Schumacher's look at drug-dealing among privileged Manhattan teens that will play Friday as the fest's closing feature. Roeg Sutherland, who co-heads CAA's film finance group with Micah Green, shepherded the deal.
Late Thursday, as most buyers were leaving town, several other deals were said to be imminent. Some bigger fish were looking to catch the documentary "Catfish," the Weinstein Co. remained the leading candidate to march »
- By Gregg Goldstein and Jay A. Fernandez
Going into the Sundance Film Festival, Spencer Susser's film Hesher was one of my most highly anticipated films. I had seen writer/director Spencer Susser short film I Love Sarah Jane previously (watch it here) and loved it. I was hoping to discover that his first feature film was also as exceptional as that short, especially with a cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson. Unfortunately it didn't meet my expectations. And the more I think about it, the less I like the film. The best part about it is that Gordon-Levitt is totally crazy in an awesome way and plays a character that I've never seen him play before. Hesher follows the story of a boy named T.J. (Devin Brochu), a loner who hates the world, and his father Paul (Wilson) who are still both grieving from the death of T.J.'s mother / Paul's wife. »
- Alex Billington
When I saw the stills from Hesher I was under the assumption that this movie would be a very intense drama. What we actually got was a film that cannot be placed into any genre of film and is so politically incorrect it would make Howard Stern blush. Please don’t get me wrong, this movie is fucking fantastic and I cant rave enough about it… a quarter of the way through the film I turned to Aj and told him this would easily be my favorite of the festival, if not the year. With an all star cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman there is very little that can go wrong.
The movie revolves around T.J. who is dealing with the loss of his mother who died in a car accident. He and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) are forced to move in with his »
In 2008, I discovered a wonderful short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser. I loved it so much, I even featured it on /Film (you can watch it here -- and if you haven't yet, you really need to). The short was a very different kind of zombie film, nothing like you've ever seen before -- in the same way Let The Right One In was a different kind of vampire film than you've ever seen before. After seeing this short film, I definitely was in to see anything Susser was to produce. The fact that his feature directorial debut, Hesher, features an amazing cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman only further cemented this as my most anticipated film of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. So to say that my expectations were high, might be a bit of an understatement.Susser has »
- Peter Sciretta
You never know who you're going to bump into during Sundance. First I randomly had a run in with a /Film reader who was volunteering at the fest on the shuttle bus. Walking up main street, we walked by Colin Hanks, who has a role in the pot comedy High School, which premieres at this year's fest. And while checking out the press preview of the New Frontier on Main exhibition center, I came across an opportunity to speak with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, one of my favorite indie actors on the moment. Levitt appears in my most anticipated film of this year's festival, Hesher, from the director of the awesome short film I Love Sarah Jane. Levitt is also in Park City to promote his production company/collaborative filmmaking website Hitrecord.org, which is an interesting creative venture. I'll be interested to see where Joe takes it in the coming years. »
- Peter Sciretta
Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who has gone on to become Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but has finally completed his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. Susser has been developing Hesher for the last four years, as well as a feature film adaptation of Sarah Jane (which I hope someday gets made). We previously featured the film on the site in our Sundance Photo Preview, but now the first footage in now online, thanks to Sundance's »
- Peter Sciretta
Though it is, sadly, not a trailer I have just come across a Meet The Artist feature on director Spencer Susser, much loved around these parts for his zombie short I Love Sarah Jane and about to make his feature debut with Hesher at Sundance 2010. Running over three minutes long this reel is meant to be a way for Susser to introduce himself to his future audience and - happily for us - while Susser talks about the film and its genesis he also happens to run a decent amount of footage. So, if you are longing to see Joseph Gordon Levitt in action with that crazy hair then we have got you covered. Check it below.
This is Susser's directorial debut, and if we base ourselves on his 2008 short I Love Sarah Jane, we may just have a diamond in the rough. Love the destructive nature of the lead character and look forward in seeing how this film treats the weird rapport between friendship and bullying - which is featured front, right and center in this film. - #90. Hesher Director: Spencer SusserWriter(s): David Michôd and SusserProducers: Lucy Cooper, Johnny Lin, Natalie Portman, Scott Prisand, Win Sheridan, Matt Weaver and SusserDistributor: Rights Available. The Gist: T.J, a 13 year old boy and his Father, both devastated by the tragic loss of the Mother/Wife, are now living with the elderly Grandma. On his way to school one day, T.J has a chance encounter with Hesher, a late 20's year old with a troubled past (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)...(more) Cast: Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Portman. »
18 items from 2010
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