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'The Help' producer wraps survival drama 'Walking Out' starring Matt Bomer

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'The Help' producer wraps survival drama 'Walking Out' starring Matt Bomer
Exclusive: Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman, Josh Wiggins star in Walking Out; Salt boards international sales.

Production has wrapped in Montana on father-son survival drama Walking Out, starring Matt Bomer (Magic Mike Xxl), Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Josh Wiggins (Max).

Written and directed by Alex and Andrew Smith, who teamed on Ryan Gosling sports drama The Slaughter Rule (2002) and Winter In The Blood (2010), in Walking Out Wiggins plays a city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.

Producers are Brunson Green of Harbinger Pictures and Laura Ivey of Co-Op Entertainment, with cooperation from the State of Montana’s Big Sky Film Grant. The Salt Company is handling international sales and will introduce the project at the upcoming Efm.

Director of photography is Todd McMullen (The Leftovers, Friday Night Lights), editor is Michael Taylor (Elvis & Nixon
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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But
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Hibernation: Watch Jon Mikel Caballero's Award Winning Short

Now that it's festival run is over, Spanish filmmaker Jon Mikel Caballero wants to share his award-winning short film, Hibernation, with you. It is an emotionally driven work of sci-fi with a bittersweet ending. The visual style is reminiscent of sci-fi films from the 60s and 70s.  You can watch the full short below. Joseph is an astronaut set to go where no man has gone in the Universe through the hibernation program. But something is wrong between him and his instructor Claire, and decisions that seemed unshakeable begin to tremble.Some folks who worked on TwitchFilm faves lent their skills to this projects. Eugenio Mira, director of Grand Piano and Agnosia composed the score for the short and Sergio G. Sánchez, writer of The Orphanage, was...

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Lost in the Awards Rush: Grand Piano

"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a new weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.

Whiplash's journey to the big screen is the kind of stuff indie dreams are made of. From a short at Sundance to one of the most acclaimed films of 2014, writer/director Damien Chazelle's passion project about a young drummer (Miles Teller) at a prestigious music academy and his tyrannical instructor (J.K. Simmons, in a career best performance) who pushes him beyond all limits, has been hailed by critics' groups everywhere.

In the rush to praise the near-perfection that is Whiplash, its easy to forget Chazelle's script for the taut and stunning thriller Grand Piano (2013), which was released earlier this year and screened at Fantastic Fest 2013 (Jette's review). Directed by Eugenio Mira from Chazelle's original screenplay, Grand Piano stars Elijah Wood as Tom Selznick,
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Open Windows | Review

Peeping Tom: Vigalondo’s Virtual Voyeurism Thriller Too Wrapped Up in Tech

In the barest possible sense, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Open Windows, can perhaps be described as Hitchcockian due to the fact that it concerns a voyeuristic male utilizing an opportunity to secretly observe a beautiful female a la a modernized Rear Window sort of set-up. Whether homage or coincidence, parallels with Hitchcock die out past Vigalondo’s log line and instead the film becomes yet another vehicle for an Elijah Wood protagonist to be manipulated in highly unlikely and increasingly silly fashion. Though Vigalondo has a rather inspired visual template for the unfolding of the narrative, much like the earlier release of technologically inspired Dutch film App, it’s a design that will only serve to hopelessly date the film which relays its tale via webcams in rudimentary form, making it also reminiscent of that multiple simultaneous perspective Mike Figgis film,
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Alex Winter interview: Grand Piano, Bill & Ted, Deep Web

Director, actor and former Bill & Ted star talks about his latest film, Grand Piano, his documentary Deep Web, and lots more...

Although perhaps best known for his roles in two Bill & Ted films and The Lost Boys, Alex Winter is equally at home behind the camera, having spent the last two decades working predominantly as a director – from the cult classic Freaked, through various music videos, adverts and movies, up to his recent documentary Downloaded (which tells the story of Shawn Fanning and Napster) and the upcoming, Kickstarted-funded Deep Web.

Recently, however, he’s taken a rare step back into acting, appearing alongside Elijah Wood and John Cusack as a villainous usher in Eugenio Mira’s stylish thriller Grand Piano. We caught up with Alex down the line from his new home base in La, to discuss his work on both sides of the actor-director divide.

So I guess the first question,
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Grand Piano Review

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Elijah Wood has had a strange career. Ever since playing Frodo in The Lord of the Rings movies, the actor has seemingly chosen his projects because they were, above pay or publicity, interesting. And the string of genre flicks he’s recently starred in – Maniac, Open Windows, Cooties – have all been interesting, if not each entirely successful horror pictures, and Wood’s innocent face yet dapper charm has been a sleek fit for them. The same goes for Grand Piano, another of the 2010’s irony-dripping, trope-strangling slashers; thankfully, in no small part to Wood, it generally achieves what it sets out to do, which is to delight and baffle in equal measure.

After an entirely passive credits sequence that seems to last as long as Beethoven’s ninth, we learn that Tom Selznick (Wood) is a first-class pianist – but hasn’t performed live for years, thanks to fluffing a devilishly
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Film Review: 'Grand Piano'

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★★★★☆Take your seats for the next performance of Eugenio Mira's preposterous but breathlessly entertaining thriller, Grand Piano (2013). It's a genre piece packed with the kind of knowing Hitchcockian thrills peddled by Mira's fellow Spanish contemporaries like Guillem Morales (Julia's Eyes) and J. A. Bayona (The Orphanage), but the Usp here is the additional Speed-like high concept device, transposed to a more sedate setting while still delivering on the excitement. The eternally pixie-like Elijah Wood takes the lead as Tom Selznick, a young pianist virtuoso preparing for his big return to the limelight and a chance to tackle his demons after developing a disastrous bout of stage fright just five years earlier.
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The 6 Best Film Scores of 2014 (So Far)

Far be it from me to make any grand sweeping statements on the year in film this early, but as of July 2014, I would argue it’s already been a fascinating year for scores. Just look at blockbusters. We’ve heard both the invigoratingly new and the depressingly dull. Ambitious combinations have even produced a commendable failure here and there. Hollywood studios almost always take the safe road in their big-budget franchises, but the music attached to those tentpoles feels less restrained and not nearly as beholden to manageable cliches.

Thus far we’ve had a tremendous grab bag in film music (and I say this as someone who hasn’t yet seen Under the Skin), but what’s been the best to come out of it? Without further ado…

6. Captain America: The Winter SoldierHenry Jackman (Intrada)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it
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Karlovy Vary Fest Spotlights Variety’s Critics’ Choice Lineup

Karlovy Vary Fest Spotlights Variety’s Critics’ Choice Lineup
The 10 pics championed by variety critics selected to screen at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival next month are an eclectic mix of the year’s best-reviewed Euro-backed features. Representing a wide sample of different genres, countries and languages (and yet still managing to include two films with “Blind” in the title), the choices range from French indie “Insecure” (fresh from Cannes) to Fantastic Fest favorite “Grand Piano” (an ultra-tense Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood), pictured above.

The sidebar is presented in conjunction with European Film Promotion.

Blind

(Norway/Netherlands)

A lithe, quicksilver portrait of a woman whose loss of sight only serves to sharpen her creative imagination, this standout debut feature for screenwriter Eskil Vogt retains many of the literate, self-reflexive touches Vogt brought to his collaborations with helmer Joachim Trier while finding its own alternately droll, sexy, heartbreaking rhythms.

About the director: Though Vogt graduated from the directing
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Telefonica Studios Boards Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘Regression’

Telefonica Studios Boards Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘Regression’
In a major step-up in scale, Telefonica Studios, the production division of Spanish telco giant Telefonica, has boarded Academy Award winning Alejandro Amenabar’s upcoming “Regression,” starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, which has just wrapped principal photography, having filmed on location in Toronto.

Regression” is a The Weinstein Co.-Dimension release in the U.S.; FilmNation handles all world sales outside the U.S. Canada and Spain.

TWC-Dimension will open “Regression” in the U.S. on August 28, 2015.

Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Regression,” the new thriller from writer-director Alejandro Amenabar (“The Sea Inside,” “The Others”) headlined by a stellar cast including Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.

Telefonica Studios joins production companies Mod Entertainment and Mod Producciones, the film’s lead producers with Amenabar’s own label Himenoptero, and First Generation Films in Canada.

Regression” is also backed by Telefilm Canada.

Producers of Amenabar’s “Agora,” and many
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Karlovy Vary Film Fest Spotlights Variety Critics’ Picks

Karlovy Vary Film Fest Spotlights Variety Critics’ Picks
European Film Promotion has announced 10 pics championed by Variety critics selected to screen at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival next month. The lineup — dubbed “Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!” — assembles an eclectic mix of the year’s best-reviewed Euro-backed features, as discovered by Variety’s international team on the festival circuit.

Representing a wide sample of different genres, countries and languages (and yet still managing to include two films with “Blind” in the title), the choices range from French indie “Insecure” (fresh from Cannes) to Fantastic Fest favorite “Grand Piano” (an ultra-tense Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood).

The full selection includes:

Blind,” Eskil Vogt (Norway/The Netherlands) “Blind Dates,” Levan Koguashvili (Georgia) “Calvary,” John Michael McDonagh (Ireland/U.K.) “Catch Me Daddy,” Daniel & Matthew Wolfe (U.K.) “Class Enemy,” Rok Bicek (Slovenia) “Grand Piano,” Eugenio Mira (Spain) “Insecure,” Marianne Tardieu (France) “Macondo,” Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria) “Quod Erat Demonstrandum,” Andrei Gruzsniczki (Romania) “White Shadow,
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Line-up

Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Line-up
London — The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival unveiled its line-up Tuesday, with seven world premieres and five international premieres in the program, including films from Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili, Russian director Angelina Nikonova and Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi.

“This year’s selection of competing films offers an exciting mixture of outstanding films whose completion has been eagerly anticipated. Many of the filmmakers, who explore less frequently trodden paths of cinematic expression, come from the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, which the Kviff has long focused on,” Karel Och, the festival’s artistic director, said.

The main section includes the long-anticipated film from Ovashvili (“The Other Bank”), “Corn Island,” a psychological drama that uses captivating imagery to present a topical subject – the intense relationship between man and nature.

Nikonova (“Twilight Portrait”) has chosen the festival for the premiere of her bitter comedy “Welkome Home,” set among the immigrant community in contemporary New York.
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"Grand Piano" Doesn't Keep In Tune

Shoot me.

Do you know what a MacGuffin is, Maestro?  It's a person or thing around which the entire film revolves and yet turns out to have little importance to the story. It's a magnificent device whereby a good plot can be given a driving force without the indecency of explanation.  Grand Piano (2013), from director Eugenio Mira, is heavy with devices.  A hidden threat, a hostage, an assistant, an unplayable piece of music, a stage, a key, and the unknown fortune of a deceased mentor.  A great metaphor for a movie like this would go something like "Mira played these elements like a concert pianist, perfectly timed with a soaring melody."  It would be more accurate to use that final, inaptly named, unplayable piece: the speed is good, the instrument is lovely, but the tune strays into cacophony.

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: Grand Piano

Eugenio Mira’s thriller Grand Piano hits Bluray and DVD today (May 21st), and we were lucky enough to take a look at the Bluray. Having seen the film at last year’s Fantastic Fest film festival in Texas, I already knew it was a solid, fast-paced thriller, but was unsure how a repeat viewing would hold up. We’ve got the goods on the film/disc, so by all means, keep reading!

The Film:

Having messed up at playing an extremely difficult piano piece a few years before, talented pianist Tom Selznick lives with an extreme case of stage fright. Taking a step in the right direction (and talked into it by his up and coming actress wife), Tom decides to give performing live another try. Already a mess, the situation is made much worse, when in the middle of playing a much easier musical number, Tom sees a
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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Grand Piano' Delivers in a True, Hitchcockian Way

Grand Piano - Magnolia - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Eugenio Mira Cast: Elijah WoodJohn Cusack, Kerry Bishe, Tamsin EgertonAllen Leech. Full cast + crew When people say something is Hitchcockian, they're usually not using the reference properly and simply describing a suspenseful thriller. Grand Piano is Hitchockian in the truer sense: It's a meticulously crafted piece of filmmaking that's wholly committed to a highly specific, somewhat outlandish premise. Elijah Wood plays a world-class pianist who takes the stage for a highly anticipated comeback performance, only to discover that if he fails to play the music precisely as it was written (a nearly impossible feat in this case), then a sniper hidden in the theater will open fire. This...

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LatinoBuzz: That’s Fantastico! – Submit your genre projects to the 2014 Fantastic Market

El Mercado Fantastico is back. The international co-production market for genre films is putting out a wide alert to find projects made by Latino filmmakers currently in development, pre-production or post. Finalists will go to Austin during this year’s Fantastic Fest (September 18-25) and be hooked up with potential production partners, sales agents, and distributors. The market is co-produced with Canana and El Rey so you know the platform will attract heavyweight investors and partners.

Seize this unique opportunity to fast track your film, and who knows, your film could be distinguished in a future Fantastic Fest program with as many uncouth visual reference icons that fit your crazy film’s themes i.e. Fishhook Violence, Puppet Sex, Pedophilia, Decapitation, Lactation…. You have until May 31′st to submit

Along with accepting classic genre staples like horror, action and fantasy, projects can run the genre gamut and include animation, westerns, dark comedies, sci-fi, basically anything other than your run of the mill drama. In its second year, the market will select 12-14 projects and new this year, will select four films in post to screen as works in progress.

Since 2005, Fantastic Fest has nailed its epic niche of being the ultimate festival for a ravenous movie geek audience who embraces the rigorously curated fantastic program. And the international film marketplace has taken note, snapping up rights to several film titles that have screened in the Fantastic Fest program. El Mercado Fantastico feels like a natural step for them to incubate their specialty and sustain their grip on all films fantastic.

Director of Programming Rodney Perkins, along with Festival Director Kristin Bell are and heavily scouting for submissions. They received around 100 submissions last year and Rodney told me that overall, the quality was very high. Out of the 16 participating projects, a majority were by directors and producers who have had previous films in the festival. Rodney says they are looking to mix it up with bringing new talent to the surface, but also choosing projects by filmmakers with proven track records in making good movies and the quality of their new projects.

Rodney commented, “Some of the most interesting genre directors in the world are based out of countries like Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Brazil and Uruguay. Fantastic Fest has featured numerous films from these and other countries. A lot of these talented people don’t get recognized globally, particularly in the U.S. We want to do what we can to help them make films and expose their work to a broader international audience.”

Like Rodney says, since its inception, Fantastic Fest has supported and premiered films from Spanish filmmakers like Nacho Vigalondo (Time Crimes, Open Windows), Eugenio Mira (Agnosia, Grand Piano), Chileans like Ernesto Diaz Espinosa (Kiltro, Mandrill), Nicolas Lopez (Santos, Aftershock) and Mexicans Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil), and Jorge Michel Grau (Somos Lo Que Hay), among other filmmakers from all over South America and the Caribbean.

A number of projects that were in pre-production when they participated in the inaugural market last September are already coming to fruition. Notably Isaac Ezban’s feature debut El Incidente, produced by Andrea Quiroz (Here Comes the Devil), is completed and will screen at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window showcase at Cannes Marche du Film. Edgar Nito’s project Tatewari is steadily advancing and recently announced a new associate producer. The team from Uruguayan project Small Town found the producing partners for their film, Dios Local from the market last year. Dios Local is almost complete and is represented for international sales by the French company Elle Driver.

So what are you waiting for? I know there has got to be more than 100 Latino made genre projects out there. They aren’t just looking for international Latinos but U.S. native Latinos to represent. At least one of the filmmakers/producers should be some kind of Latino. Get your application together to submit asap. I was on the documentary jury last year which awarded Best Documentary to Jodorowsky’s Dune and Best Director to Shaul Shwarz for (Now on Netflix and iTunes) so I know firsthand this festival is a vital film festival. Plus, there’s really nowhere else you’ll find such sanctioned festival shenanigans like Helicopter Hog Hunting, Filmmaker Shotgun outings, the Schlitz chuggin Award Ceremony rite, Nerd rap, Karaoke and Debates that are settled with a good ol boxing fight.
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Watch Elijah Wood Play for His Life and Chat with Director Eugenio Mira in Exclusive Interview for 'Grand Piano'

Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. In today's TWC indie pick, Elijah Wood stars as a piano player in fear for his life in director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano." Wood plays Tom Selznick, a concert pianist who suffers from such intense stage fright that he had to take a five-year hiatus. Upon his triumphant return, however, Selznick finds a note in his sheet music threatening his life if he makes a single mistake.  In this exclusive interview, Mira discusses what drew him to the script and how the film's villain brings out the best in Selznick. The few shots of Wood's frenzied piano playing add to the thrilling elements of the plot and since Mira is also a composer, there's no doubt that he ensured that Wood's playing looked realistic as well as intense.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Grand Piano

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014

Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment

An official selection of the 2013 Fantastic Fest, independent film Grand Piano got much acclaim from critics.

The thriller stars Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings movies) as Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, whose stage fright let to a catastrophic performance and sent him into seclusion. Years later, he’s ready to give his comeback performance. In front of a packed theater, he’s about to begin when he sees a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.”

Tom must figure out who’s threatening him and get help, all while never leaving the piano.

John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine) also stars in the R-rated movie, which was written by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) and directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia), who’s also a composer.
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Magnolia Sets a Home Video Date for Grand Piano

After tickling the ivories and scooping up acclaim on the festival circuit last year, Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano (review) hit limited theaters and On Demand outlets earlier this year. Now, the high stakes piano playing is headed to home video, and we've got the skinny for ya today.

Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced a May 20th release for the flick, on both DVD and Blu-ray. Check out the box art along with a listing of bonus features!

Elijah Wood stars in the thriller, alongside John Cusack. The cast also includes Dee Wallace, Alex Winter, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé.

Synopsis

Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on
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