Starz Orders Anthology Adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

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Though Steven Soderbergh appears to be steadfast in his self-imposed retirement from filmmaking, he’s remaining quite active in the television realm.  He directed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax drama The Knick, and now he’s poised to be involved in a TV adaptation of one of his own films.  Starz announced today that it has greenlit an anthology adaptation of Soderbergh’s 2009 indie The Girlfriend Experience, with filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan (Keane) and Amy Seimetz (Sun Don’t Shine) writing and directing the series.  The show will consist of 13 half-hour episodes and “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex.”

Soderbergh will serve as an executive producer on the series, and he came up with the idea for the execution of the show himself, “I thought: ‘let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.’”  Long live Soderbergh.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Red-Band Trailer and Poster for Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT

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Magnet has released a red-band trailer and poster for Ti West‘s new horror film, The Sacrament.  The film stars AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg (both actors from You’re Next) as reporters for VICE Media who go to a remote Central American compound that holds a religious “community” (i.e. cult).  The utopian setting is then revealed as (shocker) not all it appears to be, and judging by the trailer, lots of violence and horror ensues (naturally).  I do like the premise, and I hope West can deliver on it.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer and poster.  The film also stars Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Kentucker Audley (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men).  The Sacrament is On Demand on May 1st and opens June 6th.

YOU’RE NEXT Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.  You're Next opens tomorrow.]

Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next is the home invasion horror sub-genre played to near-perfection. Through a terrific blend of setting, characters, pacing, and creative kills, Wingard delivers a horror film that even non-horror fans can enjoy. The film falters slightly when it offers more information than necessary, but you’ll suspend your disbelief for the fun, thrills, and excitement you’ll get in return.

UPSTREAM COLOR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Upstream Color opens today in limited release.]

With Primer and his latest film Upstream Color, writer-director Shane Carruth has clearly established a unique cinematic voice. With the exception of a few filmmakers, Carruth demands every ounce of his audience’s attention. It’s great to have a filmmaker like Carruth out there who has an unmistakable style and knows how to keep us captivated. But in his films, holding our attention is a trick to get us to invest in solving his characters and story. Carruth hopes that his abstract, dreamlike narrative can hold us in its sway, and that by struggling to follow the plot, we will somehow care about the characters’ problems. Upstream Color is masterful at keeping our attention through its complex storytelling, but it ironically makes its emotions as nebulous as its plotting and characters.

First Trailer for Adam Wingard’s Horror Film YOU’RE NEXT

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The first trailer for director Adam Wingard‘s horror film You’re Next is now online.  The story centers on a family reunion that turns deadly when the family becomes targeted by masked murderers.  Their only hope is Erin (Sharni Vinson), a girlfriend of one of the family members. I really dug the flick when I saw it at TIFF 2011, and I’m excited that it’s finally coming out.  The trailer feels a tad on the generic side, but it doesn’t give away too much, and I like the use of Lou Reed‘s “Perfect Day”.

Written by Simon Barrett, You’re Next also stars Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Rob Moran, and Nicholas Tucci, and Ti West.  The film opens August 23rd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

TV Casting: Kevin Pollak Joins BEVERLY HILLS COP Pilot; Peter Sarsgaard Signs on for THE KILLING Season 3

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We’ve got a couple of interesting TV casting stories to share this evening.  First up, prolific character actor Kevin Pollak has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming Beverly Hills Cop pilotEddie Murphy is producing the hourlong series alongside Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), and Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) was cast in the lead role of Axel Foley’s son last October.  Now THR reports that Pollak is set to co-star as Rodney Daloof, the in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department.  The character is described as “incredibly risk-averse, a stickler for the rules, and a loud-mouthed bully,” so yeah, it sounds like Pollak should be able to knock this one out of the park.

The series is envisioned as a police procedural with a comedic element, and Murphy will be reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot with the possibility of recurring should CBS pick the pilot up to series.  Hit the jump for news concerning Peter Sarsgaard taking on a major role in the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Killing.

Sundance 2013: UPSTREAM COLOR Review

by     Posted 1 year, 251 days ago

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With Primer and his latest film Upstream Color, writer-director Shane Carruth has clearly established a unique cinematic voice.  With the exception of a few filmmakers, Carruth demands every ounce of his audience’s attention.  It’s great to have a filmmaker like Carruth out there who has an unmistakable style and knows how to keep us captivated.  But in his films, holding our attention is a trick to get us to invest in solving his characters and story.  Carruth hopes that his abstract, dreamlike narrative can hold us in its sway, and that by struggling to follow the plot, we will somehow care about the characters’ problems.  Upstream Color is masterful at keeping our attention through its complex storytelling, but it ironically makes its emotions as nebulous as its plotting and characters.

New Trailer for Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR

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A new trailer has gone online for Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color.  The film is Carruth’s first since 2004′s Primer, and his new movie carries the enigmatic synopsis, “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.”  After watching the trailer, I still have no idea what the plot is about.  I’ve seen Primer three times, and trying to understand the time travel mechanics still creates a barrier between me and the film’s subtext and emotions.  While Upstream Color will probably be just as complicated (if not more so), this new trailer does a good job at playing to the romance and thrills of the story even though the plot remains unclear.  Hopefully, I’ll understand the tagline, “You can change your story’s shape, but the color will always bloom upstream,” after seeing the movie at Sundance.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig, and Thiago MartinsUpstream Color opens April 5th.

New Teaser Trailer for Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR

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A new teaser trailer for Primer writer/director Shane Carruth’s follow-up film Upstream Color has been released online, and the trippiness continues.  The first teaser trailer arrived on the heels of the news that the film will debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and it provided an incredibly surreal and intriguing look at the mind-bending pic.  The logline describes the film thusly: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.”  Two trailers in I still have no idea what this film is about, but it looks like a sufficiently wild ride and I’m really looking forward to checking it out at Sundance.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Carruth, Amy SeimetzAndrew Sensenig, and Thiago Martins.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27, and Upstream Color is set for a theatrical release on March 22nd.

First Teaser Trailer for PRIMER Director Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR; Theatrical Release Set for March 22, 2013

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Among the stellar lineup of films that were announced for the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival was the welcome news that Primer writer/director Shane Carruth’s new film Upstream Color is set to debut at the festival.  Now the first teaser trailer for the follow-up to Carruth’s 2004 time travel pic has been released, and it’s appropriately intriguing.  The short logline we have for Upstream Color describes the story thusly: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.”  This trailer doesn’t really elaborate on the film’s plot, but it does a hell of a job of teasing the wonderfully strange and perplexing world that Carruth has crafted.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  The film stars Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig, and Thiago MartinsUpstream Color will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January, followed by a theatrical release on March 22nd.

First Images, Poster and Synopsis from Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR

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Moments after writer/director/star Shane Carruth’s new film, Upstream Color, was reported as one of the films premiering at Sundance 2013, the first images, poster and synopsis from the picture were made available. Carruth’s previous film, the mind-bending Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2004. Our brains have had eight years to heal from the time-traveling plotline, so we should be ready for another go-round with Carruth. But prepare yourselves, Upstream Color sounds like it’s anything but mainstream. Hit the jump for the synopsis, images and poster.

TIFF 2011: YOU’RE NEXT Review

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Adam Wingard’s You’re Next is the home invasion horror sub-genre played to near-perfection.  Through a terrific blend of setting, characters, pacing, and creative kills, Wingard delivers a horror film that even non-horror fans can enjoy.  The film falters slightly when it offers more information than necessary, but you’ll suspend your disbelief for the fun, thrills, and excitement you’ll get in return.

Fantastic Fest 2010: A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE Review

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Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way To Die might be a horrible way to spend 85 minutes if you can’t get past the shaky cam experience of feeling intoxicated, which is a shame because the story is quite intriguing. When you play on themes of addiction, in this case to murder and alcohol, you can strike a balance of the evils that people try to deal with day to day. While we may not all have a killer within us, we all have our flaws and guilty pleasures to overcome. So hit the jump for my full review of this rocky journey that will have you talking about the themes long after the film has finished.

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