Focus Features has announced a release date for their Sundance film: The Signal‘s release date is set for Summer 2014. This shows tremendous confidence in William Eubank‘s sci-fi thriller, which was one of my favorite films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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Damien Chazelle, who wrote Grand Piano and wrote and directed Whiplash, certainly has a musical bent. While both of his films so far have had thriller elements, they have also had significant musical influence. Grand Piano follows a concert pianist, played by Elijah Wood, who is warned that any missed note in one particular performance will have violent consequences. Whiplash (above) follows a student jazz drummer who seeks greatness under the tutelage of an unusually stern taskmaster. (Read my review here.)
Now Chazelle will make a film called La La Land, which keeps the musical element, still with a jazz inclination, and sounds like it could even edge into thriller territory. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The first teaser for 24: Live Another Day debuted during the Super Bowl, but since we’ve yet to receive a full-length trailer we’re still mostly in the dark as to what the show will actually look like. Happily, we have a slightly better idea today since Fox has revealed a big batch of stills.
The new 24: Live Another Day images feature returning characters Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), along with lots of fresh faces played by Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, and more. See them all after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
The premise of Locke sounds, frankly, boring as hell. It’s an 85-minute movie about a guy answering phone calls in his car and getting stressed out about his personal and professional lives. Yet reviews out of Sundance (including Peter’s) indicate that it’s anything but, and the first Locke trailer we got last month backed up all that praise.
It probably helps that the guy in question is played by the compulsively watchable Tom Hardy. If anyone can carry a one-man show, it’s him. The new U.S. trailer reveals a little more about Ivan Locke’s dilemma than the U.K. one did, but thankfully not too much. See the new promo and the new poster after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sunday wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio‘s night, as it turned out, but the five-time Oscar nominee isn’t letting that slow him down. One of his many upcoming projects, Blood on Snow, is taking a big step forward as Safe House director Daniel Espinosa enters talks to helm.
DiCaprio has been attached to produce and possibly star in the thriller since last fall. It’s an adaptation of a two-book series by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø, who also provided the source material for Headhunters. More on the new project after the jump.
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There are some great small thrillers coming your way soon. The excellent Cheap Thrills is on VOD now, for example, and will be in theaters later this month. Following that is Blue Ruin, a movie that did the festival circuit last year and has earned a reputation as a lean and very compact thriller.
I really enjoyed Blue Ruin; it doesn’t mess around, and doesn’t indulge in anything for the sake of impressing the audience. It sets up the story of a young man (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to deliver a violent blast of vengeance against the man who hurt his family. But writer/director Jeremy Saulnier isn’t interested in making a typical bloody revenge thriller; there’s a much more grounded and effective tone to Blue Ruin.
Check out a new Blue Ruin trailer below; this ad from the UK is as compact as the movie it represents. Read More »
We’ve known that the first season of True Detective would mostly be a stand-alone thing, with a second season following more or less in name (and possibly theme) only. If and when True Detective returns, it will be with a new story, and a new cast. And so the thick “True Detective Season Two” meme has seen hundreds of concepts, both serious and joking, for cast team-ups that could carry the second season.
But series creator Nic Pizzolatto raised some hopes last week in an interview where he said “It would be great if we could use some of the same actors, like a reparatory company. It would be different characters, different setting. That’s part of the fun of the anthology.”
So might we see Hart (Woody Harrelson) or Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) return in some capacity for the second season? Fresh off his first Oscar win, McConaughey at least says he’s out. Read More »
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A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been in development for a long time. Martin Campbell was attached at one point, but for about five years, the idea has sat on a shelf picking up dust. Until today. Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Bay just hired Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen to helm The Birds remake, the most recent draft of which was written by Jonathan Herman. Naomi Watts was once attached, but no longer. Read More »