HBO Westworld cast

Not long ago, the announcement of a TV series that adapts or jumps off from a noted film would have elicited nothing but eyerolls. After shows like Fargo and Hannibal, however, even the most skeptical onlooker must realize that it’s better to keep an open mind. And when HBO is involved? The “benefit of the doubt” requirement goes way up.

HBO is making a series adaptation of Westworld, based on the 1973 feature film by Michael Crichton. In the movie, visitors to an advanced theme park for adults found their lives threatened when the androids populating the park break down and change behavior thanks to a virus-like problem. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Rake) has just joined the cast, along with recent signee Thandie Newton (Rogue, E.R.). Read More »

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I’ve always been a fan of the closed-room thriller — muster up some courage, and stick a couple/few actors in a room and watch what happens. That’s essentially the structure of Retreat, which first-timer Carl Tibbetts directed from his own script. The film stars Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton as a couple who are taking a little time away from the world on a remote island. But when Jamie Bell, an unexpected addition to their getaway, arrives with an apocalyptic tale of disaster in the world at large, things get bad.

Sony picked up US rights not long ago — there is no release date yet — and now there is a Cannes sales trailer kicking around. Check it out below. Read More »

The Silent Hill sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, is shooting right now in Toronto, and keeps adding cast members as it does. Director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) already had Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harington starring, with Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Deborah Kara Unger reprising their Silent Hill roles in some unknown capacity.

Now a press release announces that the film also boasts Carrie-Ann Moss as Claudia Wolf and Malcolm McDowell as Leonard Wolf. In the video game Silent Hill 3, Claudia is a major character (modeled to look like Julianne Moore, actually) who sets a good chunk of the plot in motion, and isn’t exactly a passive or sane presence. Read more about her here (and about her father Leonard here) but be warned of possible spoilers for the film. The header image for this article, by the way, is a new still of Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harinton in the film, that was supplied with the press release. Click it to enlarge.

After the break, the Dean Koontz adaptation Odd Thomas gets a young actress and Tyler Perry’s next finds a romantic lead. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

Director Brad Anderson is responsible for some of the best low budget thrillers of the past few years. Films like The Machinist and Session 9 have set a pretty high standard and now he’s back with his most ambitious film to date. Vanishing on 7th Street played at the Toronto Film Festival this year and was picked up by Magnet. It stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo in a world where almost everyone has disappeared into thin air and the survivors begin to fear the shadows. Reviews out of Toronto were mixed (check out Peter’s video review here) but this latest trailer is definitely more effective than a similar one that was released before the festival. The film will be On Demand January 7th and hit theaters on February 18. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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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The cast for The Retreat, a thriller about a a husband and wife who have a strange encounter with a soldier while taking an island retreat, has been shifting around in the last year. Thandie Newton has been the constant, and Cillian Murphy is currently playing the other half of the married couple. Now Jamie Bell has been tapped as the third key cast member. Details on who’s who and what’s what are 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 »

Justin Timberlake

Andrew Niccol is prepping I’m.mortal, a sort of sci-fi film with shades of Logan’s Run that already has offered the female lead to Amanda Seyfried. Now Deadline says the male lead has been offered to Justin Timberlake. The film is an explicitly 20-something skewed idea, in which people have to buy time if they want to age past 25. The Seyfried / Timberlake pairing could work well, and I like the idea of Niccol doing more original sci-fi.

After the break, Steve Coogan and Cillian Murphy take new jobs. Read More »

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