Joel Schumacher‘s career continues to stutter. His 2009 Blood Creek was dumped to dollar theaters and DVD; his film Twelve was called one of the worst in 2010 and barely saw release. His latest movie, Trespass, with Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman, hit a very few theaters and is already available to stream on Netflix.

And now Schumacher has been replaced on a film called The Hive. The new director — who steps in for reasons that aren’t clear — is Brad Anderson, known for Session 9, The Machinist, episodes of The Wire, Fringe and Boardwalk Empire and, most recently, the film Vanishing on 7th Street. Read More »

VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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Brad Anderson‘s most recent film is Vanishing on 7th Street, but he’s best known for two other films: the abandoned mental hospital ghost story Session 9, and The Machinist, in which Christian Bale wastes away into madness before our very eyes. (He also directed a couple episodes of The Wire and several of Fringe, among other things.) Because of Christian Bale, The Machinist is probably his most-seen film.

So what say you to a new film that once again brings together the director with Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist, and Christian Bale? How about if the script is an adaptation of Concrete Island, a novel by the peerless author J.G. Ballard? 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 »

Briefly: At the end of May it looked as if John Cusack would be playing the lead role in Jack under director Brad Anderson. At that point the film was set for a late summer shoot, but has been delayed. (We don’t know whether that is due to financing, the director’s festival and other responsibilities promoting Vanishing on 7th Street, just picked up by Magnet, or another cause.)

Now Bloody Disgusting reports that an offer is out to Liev Schreiber to play the lead, said to be “an amnesiac killer who falls in love with a doctor and faces his resurfacing memories. Does he live a ‘normal’ life, or, in real Jim Thompson fashion, embrace his inner killer?”

Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly negotiating to play another role, Pete Chandler, but we don’t know how he fits into the story. More on this one as it unfolds.

We’ve now got a very good idea what to expect out of Magnet’s Six-Shooter Film Series come early 2011. (Assuming the company repeats the pattern established over the past two years.) Earlier this week the company, which is the genre arm of Magnolia, picked up The Troll Hunter, and now it has bought distribution rights to both Christopher Smith‘s Black Death and Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street. Those three films could very well end up being half the company’s Six-Shooter slate for 2011. Read More »

I started out my 30-day film festival trip with some awesome movie selections — Over the last week, I’ve screened some of the best movies of the year. Sooner or later I expected to come across some average to subpar films. It was bound to happen. That time is now.

At film festivals, I try not to focus much on the negative. I like to cultivate the films I loved or liked and share them with you. There is almost no point in tearing apart a film that you’ve never heard of and will never see in your local multiplex. However, the Toronto International Film Festival is a lot different than Telluride. The main focus of the TIFF line-up is comprised of films with actors you recognize or from big name directors. Sure, there are a selection of independent films here too (a lot of Canadian indie films as well), but the main focus is on the star studded premieres. That’s just the kind of festival it is.

In the last day and a half I’ve seen a bunch of these type of films. Some of them I liked (but didn’t really love, while others I definitely wouldn’t recommend. That is this blog post.
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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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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films 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 »