Lionsgate Will Release The Voices

The Voices is weird. Really weird, and violent, and even uncomfortable. The film features Ryan Reynolds as a mentally troubled guy who has a solid gig in a bathtub factory, and who finds himself acting out unconscious urges when he falls for a pretty girl at work. Those unconscious urges are often brought to the surface via pets owned by Reynolds’ character. See, the pets, a cat and a dog, talk to him, with the cat speaking in a rough Scottish brogue and the dog in a slow, gloppy and dopey drawl.

Marjane Satrapi, who directed Persepolis, made the film based on from a script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2). Now Lionsgate has bought US distribution rights, and will put the film in theaters later this year, hopefully without cuts. Read More »

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The Voices

After several attempts to go the modern leading man route toplining blockbusters, Ryan Reynolds makes a bold career choice with The Voices. He plays Jerry, a mentally ill man doing his best to live a healthy life. He likes his assembly line job, and asks out a beautiful girl. Things are looking up. Except for the fact he believes his cat and dog are speaking to him. What the cat says is not good, and not only because the pet spits vulgarities in a thick brogue.

Make no mistake. Marjane Satrapi, director of the stunning animated filmĀ Persepolis, has not made a version of Dr. Dolittle starring Ryan Reynolds. The Voices twists Jerry’s plight into dark shapes, resulting in a frequently disturbing, frequently hilarious and always surprising film. Read More »

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and with the opening of theater doors, hundreds of brand new movies will be revealed to the world. Some we’ve already heard of and are excited for — The Raid 2 and Life Itself come to mind — but the majority of them are wholly unknown. They’re films most audiences don’t yet know anything about, with massive stars, from famous directors, or featuring exciting premises..

Below I’ve pulled the titles of 25 2014 Sundance Films you may not have heard of yet, but sound absolutely amazing for one reason for another. Read More »

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There’s been a few little bits of interesting Mark Romanek business hit the web in recent days and I think a quick round up is in order.

Firstly, Mark Salisbury wrote a piece for Time Out on The Wolfman, giving some clues as to why Romanek left the project and how the picture changed when Joe Johnston came on board. Suffice to say, the article supports my suspicions that had Romanek been supported by the studio, the finished film would have benefited.

More recently, Romanek published a couple of interesting pictures to his Posterous account. You can see them both below the break as well as what we might surmise from them.

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In The Hollywood Reporter‘s news break on Michael R. Perry being hired to script the second Paranormal Activity picture they also mentioned that his 2009 Black Listed script The Voices has been set up at Vertigo Entertainment with Doug Davison and Roy Lee producing. This picture certainly has an interesting premise: After Jerry Hickfang accidentally kills a woman he works with at a bathroom fixtures factory, he begins taking advice from his cat and dog on how to cover his tracks and avoid trouble.

Creepy. Funny. And actually a rather sad.

Mark Romanek has been developing the film as a potential directing vehicle, and while it is early days, it seems that he’s already started to size up one of his stars.

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