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The horror anthology V/H/S/2 featured a great segment called ‘Safe Haven,’ directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Timo Tjahjanto. Now Tjahjanto has a new project hitting Sundance this week. Killers was co-directed by him and ‘Safe Haven’ producer Kimo Stamboel, and the film looks like a dark, mean genre exercise. Killers follows two men, from Indonesia and Japan, who post videos of their crimes online in an effort to one-up each other. The result looks ugly, but also captured with a kinetic energy that offers some appeal to balance the grimy goings-on.

Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy star in the film. Check out a trailer below.  Read More »

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As things tend to go in Iranian film, we don’t hear about a lot of westerns, and probably fewer films that involve vampires. So when the claim can be made that A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the first Iranian vampire western, and one directed by a woman, to boot, there’s plenty reason to be curious. The film is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut as a director, and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Oh, and the film comes from SpectreVision, which is the relatively new genre-oriented company created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.

Check out a brief teaser and a striking poster, below. Read More »

Blue Is the Warmest Color

After a triumphant premiere at Cannes this spring, Blue Is the Warmest Color got some negative attention this fall when stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos told press that working with director Abdellatif Kechiche was a “horrible” experience and that they’d never work for him again.

The question of whether Kechiche pushed his stars too hard is still open, and based on the director’s statements may even be headed to court. But it can’t be argued that his methods, however brutal, got results. Overnight, Blue Is the Warmest Color transformed Exarchopoulos from a virtual unknown (at least in the States) into an international sensation.

And IFC Films would very much like you to remember that. The U.S. distributor for the French film has just released a red-band For Your Consideration trailer highlighting Exarchopoulos’ stunningly raw, tender performance. Check it out after the jump.

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Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky in Pacific Rim

If Herc and Chuck were your favorite Jaeger pilot duo, Pacific Rim star Max Martini might have some good news for you. Also after the jump:

  • Dermot Mulroney wants another My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Here’s why Steven Seagal isn’t in The Expendables 3
  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead unveils a new poster
  • It’s Rodrigo Santoro‘s turn to get a 300 character sheet
  • Watch a teaser for the live-action Ruroni Kenshin sequels

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‘The Raid 2′ Will Be Released March 28

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Gareth Evans‘ highly anticipated Indonesian action sequel, The Raid 2, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January but general audiences won’t have to wait long after that to see it themselves. The 148-minute roller coaster ride of furious fists is now scheduled open March 28 in the United States. Read the press release below. Read More »

The Broken Circle Breakdown

It’ll be a while yet before we find out which English-language films are up for the Oscars, but the Best Foreign Language Film category has already been narrowed down to nine contenders.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Scientists has just revealed its shortlist of nine foreign films which will be competing for five slots when the nominations are announced on January 16. Among the semifinalists are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, the Mads Mikkelsen-starring The Hunt, and Belgium’s bluegrass romance The Broken Circle Breakdown (pictured above). Read the rest after the jump.

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Snowpiercer

For the past four months, we’ve been getting worrisome reports about what U.S. distributor The Weinstein Co. is doing to Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer. The Weinsteins wanted to chop up the movie, despite great reviews from Korea and France, because they were afraid that “audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma” wouldn’t get it. While the director initially assured press that the cuts were “pretty soft,” he’s since become more vocal about his displeasure.

Today, the most detailed report yet reveals a bit more about the behind-the-scenes struggle between the director and the distributor. Among other things, the Weinsteins blocked the film from playing on the fall festival circuit, and suggested to Bong that he add bookending voiceovers penned by Neil Gaiman. Hit the jump for the latest on this battle.

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Journey to the West is, kinda, the new film from Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle star/director Stephen Chow. He co-wrote, co-directed and produced the film, but doesn’t appear in the movie — still, it bears his distinct influence. The movie features a bizarre collection of monsters and demon hunters, who collide in battles that are decorated with weird, outsized CG embellishments.

This trailer shows some of that crazy stuff, like the guy who inflates his leg to the size of a house, the better to kick someone in the face. There are giant beasts and over the top comedy, all inspired (vaguely) by ancient Chinese tales. Read More »

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