A few things have been tweaked in the sales pitch for Big Ass Spider since we first saw a trailer for the film tied to its SXSW debut this past March. It’s a little more polished, and some of the effects look a bit better. (This may be just a better transfer of the same shots, however.) Most crucially, there’s still no dash in the title, so we’re left wondering what an “ass spider” is, and even more frightening, what a big one looks like.
This trailer gives up a money shot right off the bat, just in case you were wondering. But it avoids the melting-face shot we saw in that first trailer, and generally has a good time living in Syfy/Asylum territory, complete with all the ropey digital effects and big, big acting you’d expect. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s no denying that Ayn Rand and her Objectivist philosophy of “rational self-interest” have gone a long way toward shaping our culture and politics, for better or for worse. But as we learned with Atlas Shrugged Part I, even fame and influence have their limits. The movie landed on the market with a dull thud, leaving Part II in jeopardy.
Producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro soldiered on, however, compiling a new cast and hiring a new director for the second part of his adaptation. The Duncan Scott-directed Part II stars Samantha Mathis (taking over for Taylor Schilling) as railroad exec Dagny Taggart, Jason Beghe (replacing Grant Bowler) as steel owner Henry Rearden, Esai Morales (stepping up for Jsu Garcia) as mining heir Francisco d’Anconia, and D.B. Sweeney (subbing in for Paul Johanssen) as the mysterious John Galt. Richard T. Jones, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, and Ray Wise also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
I won’t even try to pretend there’s a unifying theme among these films, aside from the fact that they’re all under-the-radar spring entertainments. After the jump, watch trailers for the found-footage scarefest Area 407, the unabashedly nasty thriller The Aggression Scale, the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary Surviving Progress, and the adorable puppy drama Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog. Like I said — they’ve got little in common.
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One of the films announced today as part of the SXSW 2012 Midnight lineup is The Aggression Scale, from director/editor Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion) and writer Ben Powell. The film is called “an 80′s influenced thriller with teenagers as the heroes,” and comes from Snowfort Pictures and producer Travis Stevens, who is behind A Horrible Way to Die and Jodorowsky’s Dune.
The film stars a great lineup of new and veteran genre and not-quite-mainstream actors: Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Ryan Hartwig (The Thompsons), Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Jacob Reynolds (Gummo), Joseph McKelheer (The Hamiltons) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).
We’ve got the exclusive poster premiere below, as well as some stills and the first trailer, all of which were released today. Read More »
Briefly: Ray Wise is one of the more imposing actors around. Though he sometimes gets cast in middling fare, the man retains a powerful sense of presence and is always a welcome sight. Twin Peaks and RoboCop fans will never forget him, but there are a great many entertaining performances in his long career. (I’ll get pulled into a fairly silly thriller like Dead End just because he’s in the cast.)
Now Mr. Wise has been cast in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class, as a senior government official. The actor told IGN “I’m playing the Secretary of State of the United States. I’ll be going over there in the next couple of weeks,” and added that he might “touch on” a few sequences involving significant visual effects. If Henry Peter Gyrich hadn’t already appeared in X-Men I would hope that might be his character. I’ve avoided screeners of the Twin Peaks episode of Pysch (a little leery of it, being a big Peaks fan) but I’ll be quite happy to see him on screen with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and more in First Class.
Got some brief TV news today, leading off with a project from Ron Howard that returns the filmmaker and Arrested Development producer to television comedy. THR reports that Howard has landed a pilot commitment at Fox for a multicamera workplace comedy set in an IRS office. (Cue cries of surprise about Arrested Development alums working once more with Fox, but execs reportedly loved the show so much they bought it immediately.)
The pilot will be written by The Office writer/director Brent Forrester. Howard had evidently played with the idea as a feature film, but Brian Grazer and David Nevins at Imagine convinced him to create a show modeled on Taxi instead. It centers on an agent who tries to work based on the idea “that his job is good and noble and provides a very important, vital service,” Forrester says, “The one thing that unites all Americans is their suspicion and hatred for the IRS. That makes the characters on the show underdogs, because outside the office everyone is suspicious of them.”
After the break, cassting news on Dollhouse and Parenthood. Read More »
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