We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein is set to join the romantic sci-fi indie In Your Eyes. Written by Joss Whedon, the film centers on two people (Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan) who live on opposite sides of the country but are able to see and hear each other despite having never met. Variety reports that Feuerstein will play Kazan’s “cold, controlling husband.” It’s certainly an intriguing story and I’m a sucker for low-budget/indie sci-fi. Production is set to begin soon in Los Angeles and Boston.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding the horror film Dark Was the Night.
Many films embrace nostalgia, but few are swallowed whole by it the way Skateland is. It bends itself towards evoking the late 70s/early 80s in painstaking detail and then – having achieved the illusion – doesn’t have the first idea what to do with it. It mistakes pointless meandering for slow meditation, spinning a single dramatic event into an endless stumble through parties, parking lots and rehashed American Graffiti tropes in a vain effort to evoke a specific mood. Hit the jump for my full review of Skateland on Blu-ray.
A couple of new posters have been released today. First up, the international poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has hit the web. It’s pretty much a combination of all the separate character posters that have been released so far, as it puts all the four main characters together on the same poster. The film hits theaters in 3D on May 20th.
Secondly, a new poster for Skateland has been released. The film, starring Ashley Greene, is set in the 80’s and centers on high schoolers and their local roller skating rink. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festvial. Directed by Anthony Burns, Skateland stars Greene, Shiloh Fernandez, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, and Taylor Handley. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Nothing screams ‘80s quite like a roller skating rink filled with teens. Add in a seemingly formulaic teen angst/searching for what to do after high school plotline, and we have a familiar feel with Skateland and the first trailer that just hit. However, the mere mention of Ashley Greene (Twilight) might perk up some ears (or something else), and it has garnered a nomination for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance. Sometimes trailers don’t quite sell you on a good movie, so hit the jump for a plot synopsis and the full trailer to judge for yourself.
Earlier today I got to talk with the three people behind the Sundance movie Skateland: Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman and Anthony Burns. While some Sundance movies have big money backing their project, Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman and Anthony Burns not only produced Skateland, they also wrote the film and Anthony Burns directed it.
The film takes place in a small Texas town in the early 80′s and it’s about a 19 year-old skating rink manager who comes to see his life in a new light. The film stars Ashley Greene, Taylor Handley, Heath Freeman and Shiloh Fernandez.
During my interview with the filmmakers, we discussed how the project came together, getting the project funded, the music, Sundance, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch it: