We’ve now got a very good idea what to expect out of Magnet’s Six-Shooter Film Series come early 2011. (Assuming the company repeats the pattern established over the past two years.) Earlier this week the company, which is the genre arm of Magnolia, picked up The Troll Hunter, and now it has bought distribution rights to both Christopher Smith‘s Black Death and Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street. Those three films could very well end up being half the company’s Six-Shooter slate for 2011. Read More »

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I started out my 30-day film festival trip with some awesome movie selections — Over the last week, I’ve screened some of the best movies of the year. Sooner or later I expected to come across some average to subpar films. It was bound to happen. That time is now.

At film festivals, I try not to focus much on the negative. I like to cultivate the films I loved or liked and share them with you. There is almost no point in tearing apart a film that you’ve never heard of and will never see in your local multiplex. However, the Toronto International Film Festival is a lot different than Telluride. The main focus of the TIFF line-up is comprised of films with actors you recognize or from big name directors. Sure, there are a selection of independent films here too (a lot of Canadian indie films as well), but the main focus is on the star studded premieres. That’s just the kind of festival it is.

In the last day and a half I’ve seen a bunch of these type of films. Some of them I liked (but didn’t really love, while others I definitely wouldn’t recommend. That is this blog post.
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Movie Trailer: Vanishing on 7th Street

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Brad Anderson‘s new film Vanishing on 7th Street was just added to the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now we’ve got a trailer for the horror / suspense film that stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore. Read More »

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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »

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We’ve seen images from Brad Anderson‘s new film Vanishing on 7th Street, and knew that it stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo. But we haven’t known much about the film. Now there’s a little set of behind the scenes interviews that give a few tiny details away, as well as a new poster and some other materials, including clips of much of the film’s score, by Lucas Vidal. Read More »

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Based on the cast alone, Horrible Bosses is starting to look like one of the more promising studio comedies on the horizon. The film about three friends who conspire to kill each others’ bosses already has Charlie Day and Jason Bateman as two of the three friends, and Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell as two of the bosses. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, plays “a scam artist who dishes killing advice to the three regular guys.”

Now Jason Sudeikis is joining; he’ll play the third friend, leaving just the final boss to cast. King of Kong‘s Seth Gordon is directing. [THR]

After the break, Cary Elwes works with Ivan Reitman and John Cusack kills people. Read More »

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Brad Anderson is a filmmaker I keep expecting to break out at any time. He’s made some great smaller thrillers with cultish appeal (Session 9, The Machinist) and built a good parallel career directing episodes of well-loved television shows: The Shield, The Wire, Treme and Fringe. But he hasn’t had the crossover movie yet.

Now Anderson is finishing up Vanishing on 7th Street, a thriller that stars Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo. The full official synopsis and some first images are after the break. Read More »

The quick-turnaround required to get another Paranormal Activity into cinemas this Halloween, and possibly kill the Saw franchise once and for all, will mean that Paramount will have to get production up and running very soon indeed.

You probably recall that Saw almuni Kevin Greutert was given the helm before a little contractual black magic from Lionsgate saw those plans dashed. Who then, might Paramount have in the frame for this eight-month wonder now?

It’s an astonishing shortlist. As well as Session 9‘s Brad Anderson and Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean, the studio are reportedly also sizing up none other than Brian De Palma. Blimey.

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Movie Playlist: Brad Anderson

Welcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.


In this week’s Movie Playlist we interviewed director Brad Anderson, who I first discovered through the wonderful but unseen Boston indie Next Stop Wonderland, which featured Hope Davis and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In 1997, Anderson was named by Variety as one of the “Ten Leading New Independent Directors to Watch.” His filmography includes Happy Accidents, Session 9, and The Machinist. His television credits include episodes of Homicide; The Wire; The Shield; and Surface. His new film Transsiberian, which hits theaters today, is a Hitchcockian thriller which he also co-wrote.

/Film: I just want to start off saying, I’m a big fan of all your work. I’m from Boston,

Brad Anderson:
Oh yeah, really.

/Film: so I’ve been following your career since Next Stop Wonderland.

Brad Anderson:
Oh great, wow!

/Film: So this is great, so – I want to talk to you today, I’m not sure if they briefed you but we do a feature called Movie Playlist which basically talks about your favorite movies of all time, or maybe not even just your favorite movies but movies you watch a lot, or movies you love. What are some of your favorite movies?

Brad Anderson: Favorite movies? It runs the gamut, in no particular order and no particular preference, I just caught, anything by Stanley Kubrick, I can watch those movies again and again I don’t know why, but just something about what he invests in his films and the meticulous level of detail, and choreography that I just find as a filmmaker craft of film making is so apparent in his movies that every time you watch them it’s like being taught how to make a movie, so yeah, I just caught 2001 recently again and it’s just like the kind of thing you’re clicking through the channels and you sort of catch a piece of it and you’re like yeah, I’ve seen this about 20 million times and you’re about to switch to another channel and you just find yourself watching it and the next thing you know you’ve watched it all over again.

/Film: 2001 is one of those movies that if you come across on cable, basically you’ve lost three hours of your life.

Brad Anderson: [laughs] Yeah, it’s so amazing to me that movie and all his films, but that one in particular because it’s like, you think about it the way – I don’t know what you’d call it, it’s not a thriller, it’s not a straight out sci-fi film, it’s not necessarily a straight out adventure movie, it’s just a study in visual brilliance, you know, and the way that his use of sound and his use of music and anything by Kubrick.

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