Early this year the film The Devil Inside became a strange sensation. Released in the dead of January and powered by an unexpectedly successful marketing campaign, the film took in a $53m domestic haul even as it left many audiences unsatisfied at the end. The film became only the sixth to earn an ‘F’ CinemaScore; the CinemaScore system tracks audience satisfaction, but doesn’t necessarily correlate to the quality of the film. (The other Fs were Solaris, Bug, Wolf Creek, Darkness, and Richard Kelly’s The Box.)
With that sort of financial return — the film cost only a million bucks — director William Brent Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman became a hot ticket. Now FilmDistrict may end up distributing the duo’s next film, a horror thriller called WER. Read More »
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Nicolas Winding Refn‘s suspenseful and cool character piece, Drive, was recently named the best film of 2011 by the Alamo Drafthouse. Add that to the fact the film was just released on Blu-ray (with a lame cover), and that Mondo is on a kick of releasing more current films (Kill List, anyone?) and it makes perfect sense that they are doing a poster for Drive. Designed by Ken Taylor, fans of the film will love this limited edition hot pink look at Ryan Gosling. Check out the full poster after the jump. Read More »
2012 looks like it could be a year with a particularly strong crop of movies, and the b-picture isn’t getting left out of the action. This week alone we’ve got The Grey and Man on a Ledge (with the former being a lot more satisfying than the latter) and there are more coming in later months.
One of the more appealing ones is Lockout, aka Lock-Out, aka MS One: Maximum Security, aka a space-set blend of Escape From New York and Taken, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. (I also see shades of the Jack recruitment mission from Mass Effect 2.) The trailers we’ve seen for the film (here and here) make it look like a great time, and now there is a new one that much more actively sets up the plot, in which Guy Pearce has to rescue the daughter of the US President from a locked-down prison satellite. Check it out below. Read More »
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp turns an eye to space for the film Lockout (or Lock-Out depending on where you live), in which Guy Pearce has to rescue Maggie Grace from a prison that has been taken over by the inmates. Yep, there’s a reason this movie has been referred to as ‘Taken in space’ ever since it was in the first stages of production.
But with the international trailer for the movie, Lockout does start to establish some character of its own. The core of the trailer is a conversation between Pearce and Peter Stormare in which Pearce gets slapped around more than a little bit. The effects seen in the trailer look determinately mid-budget, but if Pearce can channel some of the same kick-ass spirit that possessed Liam Neeson in Taken, the effects might not matter much at all. Read More »
Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and gear up to watch what feels like a dozen new releases this weekend, FilmDistrict and Sony have quietly announced new release dates for a few of their projects.
That long-delayed Red Dawn remake that FilmDistrict picked up earlier this fall is now scheduled to drop next fall, while Sony’s Pixels and Singularity have both set dates for 2013. Meanwhile, we finally have a set date for that Kathryn Bigelow project about Osama bin Laden. More details after the jump.
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When discussing Nicolas Winding Refn‘s awesome crime drama, Drive, several things can be singled out as exceptional. Ryan Gosling‘s performance for one. His relationship with his neighbor played by Carey Mulligan. The film’s refusal to give you a straight answer and, of course, the collected soundtrack. The music selected, the score as well as the sound mix, which features some incredibly blown out gunshots, screeching tires and blows to the head, are all totally off the charts. The SoundWorks Collection has put together a little video highlighting this highlight of Drive and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Actors are forever jumping behind the camera to try their hands at directing, with extremely mixed results. Sometimes it’s Ben Affleck making a career comeback as the acclaimed helmer of Gone Baby Gone and The Town; other times it’s Dermot Mulroney attaining that elusive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes with Love Wedding Marriage.
If the new trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s In the Land of Blood and Honey is any indication, it seems she happily falls into the former category. The Bosnian war drama follows two lovers on opposite sides of the conflict — a Christian Serb played by Goran Kostic and a Bosniak woman played by Zana Marjanovic — who find their relationship doomed by the civil war. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Update: A full-quality trailer has been released via Yahoo and is embedded below.
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