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We've recently discovered Craft Truck, a wonderful resource for behind-the-scenes information about filmmaking. Alexis at Craft Truck selected 5 cinematographers for follow on Twitter and Instagram: Matt Libatique He's Matt Libatique…"Black Swan," anyone?! Plus, he posts lots of cool 'behind the scenes' shots.Eduard Grau Between "Buried" and "A Single Man," we know he's got range on screen, and he posts lots of cool/interesting images on his Instagram. Brandon Trost He's becoming known for his work with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("This Is The End" and the upcoming "Neighbors") and we will always love him for giving the world The Fp. He's great on Twitter, responds to fan questions -- and his interactions with Evan Goldberg are worth the price of admission. Michael Slovis He shot most of Breaking Bad. That is really all you need to know! Reed Morano She posts loads of great behind the scenes »
I cannot wait to see Gravity. James Cameron has said it is the best space film he has ever seen and, seeing how successful the film has been in the Us, I’m inclined to believe the mad old solo-submarining geezer. From the moment I saw the first trailer for it before The Wolverine back in August, there has been no film I have anticipated more. Except The Hobbit, but that’s a given and can therefore be excluded.
The concept of characters stranded in space with nothing but their space suits to protect them from the void outside fascinates me. I love films in which a single character or a small group of characters become isolated and trapped in a seemingly inescapable situation, as they allow for an exploration of the human nature in an honest and realistic way that other films cannot. These films range from the positive and uplifting, »
- Tom Durbin
After the mega-success of The Conjuring, you can expect to see "From the Producer of The Conjuring" attached to many upcoming horror films. The trend begins today, and you'd better get used to it!
As per Variety, French studio Snd has picked up French distribution rights and international sales for The Atticus Institute, a supernatural thriller produced by Conjuring producer Peter Safran. The film is currently in post-production, and Snd plans on shopping it at the American Film Market, which kicks off November 6.
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Set in 1976, The Atticus Institute revolves around a parapsychology lab which uncovered the supernatural abilities of Judith Winstead, a patient possessed with dark forces. The Atticus Institute discovery prompted the U.S. military to intervene and take control of the facility in order »
- John Squires
Chris Sparling, the writer of Buried and Atm, is making his directorial debut with the supernatural thriller The Atticus Institute. Peter Safran of The Conjuring is on producing duties and we've got a synopsis for you below. Courtesy of Twitch, the sales art to tout the film at the American Film Market.
During the late 1970s, hundreds of cases of psi-related phenomena - E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. - were studied at The Atticus Institute, a small psychology lab founded by Dr. Henry West.
After publishing numerousjournal articles highlighting the promising results of their work, Dr. West and his fellow researchers were introduced to an unusual middle-age womannamed Judith Winstead, whose supernatural abilities tested far beyond any subject they had ever before witnessed. However, it soon became clear that Judith’s abilities were different in ways they could never have anticipated.
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Producer Peter Safran made a huge splash in the horror world with The Conjuring and he's hoping to do it again with Buried writer Chris Sparling's feature directorial debut The Atticus Institute. Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities -- E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied -- soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take...
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Snd, the commercial arm of French TV net M6 has nabbed French distribution rights and international sales; and will start shopping the project – now in post — at the American Film Market.
Penned by “Buried” scribe, Chris Sparling, the 1976-set “Atticus” revolves around a parapsychology lab which uncovered the supernatural abilities of Judith Winstead, a patient possessed with dark forces. The Atticus Institute discovery prompted the U.S. military to intervene and take control of the facility in order to weaponize Winstead’s evil forces.
“Chris has mastered the documentary technique and found-footage codes. He imposed himself with demanding constraints – as he did with Buried – only to twist and play with them,” said Safran, who described the project’s universe as “captivating and oppressive.”
Pic stars Rya Kihlstedt, »
- Elsa Keslassy
★★★★★ Welshman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is a site manager for a major building project; a family man with two young sons who're waiting for their father to return home to watch the big game. On the way back, Locke turns right instead of left and heads off the motorway. Having made a decision that will change his life forever and armed only with his mobile, our protagonist tries to rectify the mess he's made of things. Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight's second feature, Locke (2013) has the kind of appealing, stripped-back premise (like Rodrigo Cortés' 2010 offering Buried) which is almost a technical challenge.
Knight's latest endeavour is ostensibly ninety minutes (more or less) of one hypnotic actor in a car, driving through the night and speaking to a number of people. But Hardy and his director - who also wrote the screenplay - pull it off magnificently, creating »
- CineVue UK
Directed by David Brooks
On a late night visit to an Atm, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.
Buried writer Chris Sparling attempts to capture lightening in a bottle for a second time with Atm, a movie that has an interesting premise, a great set-up and a terrifying villain but is let down by a weak structure, poor pacing and a disappointing conclusion.
Much like Buried, Atm is set within one location – an Atm vestibule in the middle of a carpark. After a rather lame Christmas party, David (Brian Geraghty) offers to take Emily (Alice Even) home in a last ditch attempt to date her before she leaves for her new job. They are unfortunately joined by David's "wacky" friend Corey (Josh Peck) who tags along as »
Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing has acquired Us distribution rights to Grand Piano , which had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin yesterday. Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, the film was directed by Eugenio Mira ( Agnosia ) and produced by Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (producers of Buried , Red Lights ). Wood plays Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, who has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: .Play one wrong note and you die.. In the sights of an anonymous sniper (Cusack), Tom must get through the most »
A few years ago, a film called Buried was released, and it starred Ryan Reynolds. In fact, the entire film took place in a buried coffin with Ryan Reynolds in it. Personally, I can't stand Ryan Reynolds, and even I have to admit that the film is completely brilliant. I bring it up because the director, Rodrigo Cortes, produced the upcoming film Grand Piano, and the pedigree might help you get past the ludicrous premise enough to give this (spanish language) trailer a chance. »
- David Hoffman
Today we have a Spanish trailer for the upcoming "Grand Piano" thriller, which stars Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and has been described as "Speed" at a piano. Check out the trailer below. The story concerns a once-great concert pianist (Wood) who suffers from stage fright and comes back to perform after a five-year hiatus. Just when he's about to play the first bar, he notices somebody has written a threatening note on his music sheet. He's now forced to play his best concert ever to save his life as well as his wife's. "Grand Piano" is directed by Eugenio Mira from a script by Damien Chazelle. It's produced by Rodrigo Cortes, the director of Ryan Reynolds' "Buried" thriller. The new movie is set to appear at Fantastic Fest next week and then hit Spanish theaters in October. Trailer: »
Odd List Caroline Preece 29 Aug 2013 - 05:48
Proving that small-scale shocks are often the most effective, here are 15 of the finest single-location thrillers of the last decade...
Playing on our fears of being trapped and alone, the single-location thriller updates old haunted house and home invasion stories to include new, more inventive locations, and it seems that filmmakers haven’t yet run out of ideas of how to scare the living daylights out of us. Some have played on modern fears of corporate meddling or reality television, while others have simply tried to expand their locations to icy prisons and public places.
To celebrate those great genre-bending efforts, here are a dozen and a half of our favorites from the last ten years (with a doff of the cap to Panic Button, a low budget Brit horror that just misses out)…
15. Devil (2010)
Shamelessly exploiting many people's paralysing fear of elevators, »
Summer popcorn films offer the quality of enjoyable escapism, 90 minutes of getting lost in a not-too-serious film with a modicum of expectation. Though that may be the sentiment R.I.P.D. was aiming for, regrettably, besides a few laughs, the enjoyment is short-lived. The film attempts to be the haunted version of Men in Black, but ends up being a confusing mess of ideas.
Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is a Boston police officer who finds himself on the wrong end of a gun. Nick dies, but his journey to heaven is thwarted when he is hurled into the offices of the Rest In Peace Department and given the opportunity to seek and destroy the dead still meandering amongst the living. Nick is joined by his resistant partner Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges), a 19th century lawman with a penchant for being quick on the trigger. The two quickly uncover a plan that threatens »
- Monte Yazzie
Scenic Route, 2013.
The relationship between two old friends is tested as they are stranded in the desert.
I love the movies that come out of the festival circuit. They're at the perfect spot between Oscar caliber and genre movies. They're usually more intimate and a lot more fun than most traditional mainstream movies. When I first heard about Scenic Route I was hesitant to say the least. I've gotten tired of Jack Black, so Dan Fogler is skating on even thinner ice, and Josh Duhamel is somebody who I have no opinion on whatsoever, but if I did it'd be that he can't act very well. However, I'd heard some good things about this so I decided to check it out.
Scenic Route is a »
- Flickering Myth
Ryan Reynolds is trying to rid himself of his former bachelor life ... again.
The Hollywood A-lister has tried and struck out twice in selling his Hollywood Hills bachelor pad. But this time, the 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is on the market for a lowered price of $1.599 million. It appears this property has never been that close to his heart; the actor tried to sell it in 2009 when he was married to Scarlett Johansson (and they were living elsewhere) and then tried selling again in 2011.
2012 proved a busy year for the heartthrob (best known for "The Green Lantern," "The Proposal" and "Buried") -- he married blond siren Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl," "Savages" and "The Town"). The two have a home in Bedford, NY.
Reynolds' Hollywood Hills home measures only 1,789 square feet and seems to be a remnant of his simpler past, before striking gold in the biz. The property has some upgrades, »
- The Huffington Post
Warner Brothers's The Conjuring swept to the top of the North American charts on a solid $41.5m (£27m). The critically acclaimed haunted house story stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and is directed by genre maestro James Wan.
Of perhaps greater interest were the new movies that stumbled. Universal has enjoyed a tremendous year so far, but Ripd was always going to flop. The studio switched release dates several times and announced back in February it was giving the supernatural buddy movie the retroactive 3D treatment, a desperate move that scrawls the writing on the wall in large capitals.
- Jeremy Kay
Ryan Reynolds is doubling up on his chances at the box office this weekend, playing both a dead cop and a speed-racing snail.
In "R.I.P.D.," Reynolds and Jeff Bridges play a pair of undead cops working to protect the living from evil spirits. In DreamWorks' "Turbo," Reynolds is downsized to an animated garden snail who gets to race in the Indy 500.
We've seen Reynolds as a superhero, a chubby teen, and even a jerk frat guy who never graduates, but do we really know anything about the actor? To get you ready for your Ryan Reynolds-filled movie weekend we've collected a handful of fun facts you may not have known about the popular actor.
1. Reynolds has been afraid of flying since he went skydiving and his parachute failed to open at the first attempt. So while playing the Green Lantern was definitely a challenge, he was able to face his fear through repetition. »
- Erin Whitney
Ryan Reynolds is a man if many talents onscreen: How else could he go from Van Wilder to Buried, Fifteen to The Proposal. But when we saw the beautiful photography book his R.I.P.D. co-star Jeff Bridges made on the set of the weird afterlife buddy cop flick, we wondered, does Ryan also have some kind of side career waiting in the wings?
“I love to write, but I don’t publish, he told VH1 earlier this week. “I write some memoir stuff that’s not necessarily true. It’s expanded versions of kernels of truth that happened when I was young. I have three older brothers, and each one of them is uniquely bizarre in their own way. They’re a wellspring of great stories.”
Hey, this seems like something more than a little hobby. Look out, David Sedaris.
“It sounds like there’s a script there, man,” Bridges commented. »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
This should be a big week for Ryan Reynolds. He has two potential summer blockbuster movies opening, both of which stand to ingratiate him with different sets of moviegoers. In family cartoon "Turbo," opening July 17, he's the voice of a super-fast snail with dreams of hot rod racing. And in action comedy "R.I.P.D.," based on a comic book, he's a rookie in a department for undead cops who partners with grizzled ghostly lawman Jeff Bridges.
And yet, a quarter-century into the 36-year-old Canadian actor's career, which has included several leading-man roles, we still have to ask: Why isn't Ryan Reynolds a bigger star?
It's not like Reynolds isn't movie-star talented (check out his one-man performance in "Buried"). Or movie-star handsome (he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive a couple years ago). Or movie-star fascinating (his marriages to Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively have kept him a tabloid fixture). And yet, »
- Gary Susman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
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