Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
You don’t have to be a movie junkie to figure out what some of the year’s biggest box office smashes were. Hell, we could’ve predicted in 2011 that The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises would rank near the top in 2012, though that doesn’t make their $1 billion-plus takes any less impressive. But do you know what the year’s lowest-grossing title is?
As you might guess, the single worst-performing film of the year is one that flew mostly under the radar: The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. More surprising is the second-place finish for Playback, a slightly higher-profile endeavor that starred Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers (The Master), and Toby Hemingway (Black Swan). Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
Though Christian Slater‘s IMDb resume shows that he’s been keeping himself busy over the past few years, it’s been a while since he’s released a high-profile film project. (I definitely did not remember that Without Men was ever a thing until I looked over Slater’s filmography.) His upcoming horror flick Playback probably won’t be the one to change that trend, but if you miss seeing the True Romance star on the big screen, you’ll want to keep an eye for it out during the first quarter of next year.
Magnet Releasing has just picked up the U.S. rights to the thriller, which was directed by Michael Nickles and also stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar, and rising star Ambyr Childers. The story revolves around high school students who discover a disturbing secret in their hometown’s history, awakening an evil spirit. Not the most inspired of concepts, but maybe it’ll be fun. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump.
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In the past couple years, Christian Slater has been seen much more on TV than in films, and quite a few of the films he has made, well, have been…underexposed. (Show of hands: who saw Lies & Illusions? That’s what I thought.) But perhaps Playback will fare better than most. Or maybe not: Slater will star in Playback as “a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town’s deepest, darkest secret.”
Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Ambyr Childers, and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell also appear, and the story is kicked off when high school kids start poking into their town’s ‘mysterious past’ and expose an evil that preys upon them all. In the end, I bet Slater’s character would have gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids. Michael A. Nickles wrote the script and is directing right now in Grand Rapids, MI. [Variety]
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