The Go-GetterThe best movie of 2007 that you haven’t seen is finally going to get a theatrical release. The Go-Getter premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival up against Son of Rambow, and most of the big movie buyers missed it. The Playlist has confirmed that the film will see its first official release from Peach Arch Entertainment (the same guys who are distributing Chapter 27) in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on June 6th 2008. Hopefully people will find this gem of a film, which might lead to an expansion. I’m also hearing that a DVD release is planned for late Summer.

Martin Hynes, best known for his role as George Lucas in George Lucas in Love, directed a wonderful coming of age road trip story featuring Lou Taylor Pucci as a young man who steals a car and sets off on a journey to connect with his brother after the traumatic loss of their mother. But this is really a story about a telephonic relationship Mercer develops with the “forgiving and mysterious girl owner of the stolen car (played by the wonderful Zooey Deschanel). Jena Malone also stars.

Using a mix of fantastic yet experimental cinematography, a great soundtrack featuring M. Ward, Elliott Smith and The Replacements, The Go-Getter is Garden State meets Into The Wild. Like Garden State, this film is very generational in appeal, and will likely find a big audience later on DVD. It’s really too bad that Peach Arch won’t open this in more theaters, as it is the type of film, like Garden State, to have huge break-out appeal with the niche generational audience for which it aims.

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The Ruins Red Band Movie Trailer

The Ruins

I’ve been excited about Carter Smith‘s big screen adaptation of Scott B. Smith‘s novel The Ruins since the project was first announced. The previous adaptation of a Smith novel, A Simple Plan directed by Sam Raimi, was an incredibly underrated character piece, and an even better thriller. The Ruins is more of a horror thriller than a character piece and stars one of my favorite actresses, Jena Malone. Malone is usually confined to interesting indie films which never get mainstream play. But this project is quite the opposite.

Than came the red band trailer, which can be viewed below. I think I may have lost complete faith in this film. Some of the sequences look downright stupid. And what was the point of releasing a red band trailer if you’re not going to show some extreme scares?

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The Ruins Movie Poster

The Ruins Movie PosterBloody Disgusting has a snapshot of the new poster for Carter Smith‘s adaptation of Scott Smith’s bestselling novel The Ruins (you can watch the previously released movie trailer here). As always, we cleaned the snapshot photo up in photoshop for your viewing pleasure. I’m really digging the one-sheet.

The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

The Ruins hits theaters on April 4th 2008.

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In going along with Peter’s “rant” about what constitutes a spoiler on the Internets, I’m not sure if the following quote from director Carter Smith about The Ruins is one or not. If you’ve read the book by Scott Smith, it’s definitely not, and the info should please you. But if you haven’t, you’ll know what’s in store to a certain degree this April if you see the post-college dread horror thriller set in Mexico starring Jena Malone. With that out of the way, Smith tells Bloody Disgusting he doesn’t see a sequel in the cards…

“I haven’t talked at all about a sequel [to The Ruins],” says Smith. “Audiences are so jaded these days that they just assume it’s set up for a sequel, while the ending you saw was about keeping the integrity of the darkness,” he explains. “That was what I loved about the book was that it was so bleak and dark… I couldn’t believe it ended the way it did, it took me by surprise.”

See, to me, I’d rather not know if a film’s ending is the opposite of a walk into the sunset before I see it. You? And if the ending leaves ambiguity for a sequel, even more so. Such endings are a turn-off to me. I’m curious to see if The Ruins connects, as a sort of mid-brow Touristas, but either way, it seems Smith won’t have difficulty with a creative follow-up, mentioning Troll (apparently not a remake of the 1986 cult flick and unrelated to this same-named 2009 film) and Come Closer as his candidates.

“There are a couple projects I’m working, a adaptation of a book called Come Closer, by Sara Gran,” he continues, “[It's] the story of a New York women who becomes convinced she might be possessed by a demon. Then there’s a book that I adapted into a screenplay called Troll, [which is] a very adult fairy tale. [It's] Strange dark cross between E.T. and Lolita.”

Wow. I’m on Team Troll, there is no doubt.

The Ruins Movie Trailer

The Ruins

DreamWorks has released a movie trailer for the upcoming big screen adaptation of Scott Smith‘s bestselling novel The Ruins. Smith is of course the critically-acclaimed author and screenwriter of A Simple Plan. The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

A couple of my friends have read the book, which was highly recommended by Stephen King (quote below), and were disappointed. It seems to me that the story is less visual and more psychological, which might translate better on the big screen.

“The book of the summer. . . . No quietly building, Ruth Rendell-style suspense here; Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds. There are no chapters and no cutaways-The Ruins is your basic long scream of horror. It does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975. . . . It works well enough, I think, to be the book most people will be talking about this summer. Enjoy the beach . . . enjoy the books . . . and watch out for those Mexican ruins.”
- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Watch the trailer below.

The Ruins hits theaters on April 11th, 2008.

source: AtomFilms
via: Bloody-Disgusting

First Look: The Ruins

The Ruins

“The book of the summer. . . . No quietly building, Ruth Rendell-style suspense here; Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds. There are no chapters and no cutaways-The Ruins is your basic long scream of horror. It does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975. . . . It works well enough, I think, to be the book most people will be talking about this summer. Enjoy the beach . . . enjoy the books . . . and watch out for those Mexican ruins.”
- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

 

The Ruins

Based on the bestselling novel by Scott Smith (critically-acclaimed author and screenwriter of A Simple Plan), The Ruins follows two American couples, just out of college, enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico , who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

Directed by Carter Smith, the film adaptation stars Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), Jena Malone (Saved), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) and Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).

Three new production photos from the film have been released, which we found through our friends at FirstShowing.

The Ruins

The Ruins hits theaters on April 11th, 2008.

Jumper Movie PosterI’m in LA La Land covering junkets, and the news is pretty thin, so I’ve decided to run with some of the interesting release date change announcements.

First up is Vin Diesel’s sci-fi film Babylon A.D. We mentioned this film last night because the teaser poster premiered at ShowEast. Mathieu Kassovitz’s film was scheduled to hit theaters on February 29th, but is now being pushed back to August 29th 2008. One could look at this change in one of two ways: either the film is having huge problems and they need they need more time to fix up the mess or the studio has gotten more faith in the film and has decided to release it during Summer. However, the late late late Summer release date makes me believe there is a mess that needs fixing.

The film follows Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) who takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman (Mélanie Thierry)  from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah. Based on the French novel by Maurice G. Dantec, who was strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick and punk rock. The film also co-stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine) as a nun.

Anywhere is possible, and even sooner than expected. Doug Liman’s sci-fi adaptation of Jumper has been moved up one day for a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th) release, hoping to get a jump (pun intended) on The Spiderwick Chronicles, Warner Indie’s remake of Funny Games, and Vantage Point. It should be noted that the Ryan Reynolds/Isla Fisher romantic comedy Definitely Maybe and Step Up 2 the Streets will also debut on the big screen on V-day 08. Check out the new poster seen right.

Columbia Pictures has announced a June 19th 2009 release date for the Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis comedy Year One. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Well… ummm its about the first year of… okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). The movie stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. This project was announced this Summer.

Carter Smith’s adaptation of A Simple Plan author Scott B Smith’s novel The Ruins has been pushed back one week to April 11th 2008. There is no obvious reason for this change sine the original April 4th release date posed no competition. The new date puts the horror/thriller head to head with Screen Gems remake of Prom Night. The Ruins follows a group of friends (Jena Malone, Joe Anderson and Shawn Ashmore included) whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.

source: BoxOfficeMojo

TIFF Movie Review: Into The Wild

Into The Wild

Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a college graduate who one day decides to emancipate himself from his family and the material word. He leaves all his possessions, giving his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked his way across the America, with a dream to live alone in the wilderness of Alaska.

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