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The indie thriller Black Rock tells the story of three young women – Sarah (Kate Bosworth), Abby (Katie Aselton, who also directed the film from a script by her husband, Mark Duplass) and Lou (Lake Bell) – who decide to renew their bond by revisiting a moment from their childhood and returning to an empty island off the coast of Maine. Once there, they realize they are not alone when they encounter three recently returned servicemen who have come to the island to hunt, and things quickly get out of hand, leaving the women to fight for their lives.
At the film’s press day, actress/director Katie Aselton and actress Lake Bell talked about surviving the challenging shoot, the crazy weather, being game for anything, having no trailers or bathrooms on set, what they did to unwind, and wanting to do lighter fare once the film was finished. Bell also spoke about the experience of directing her own first full-length feature In a World…. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
We have a nice collection of posters tonight:
- Pacific Rim – Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman star in Guillermo del Toro‘s dream that pits giant monsters against giant robots.
- CBGB – Chronicles the quest of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) to turn a small club into the legendary punk venue. Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, and Rupert Grint co-star.
- The Internship – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two out-of-work salesmen who take internships at Google to prove their worth in the modern digital workplace.
- Black Rock – Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton star in the horror movie set on an empty island off the coast of Maine, directed by Aselton.
See the posters after the jump.
A trailer has gone online for Katie Aselton‘s horror film Black Rock. The film focuses on three old friends (played by Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Aselton) who attempt to reconnect on a camping trip to a deserted island only to find it not-so-deserted. Once there, a series of unfortunate events leads the trio of women on a fight for their lives. When I saw the film at Sundance earlier this year, I thought it had an interesting hook, but then Aselton and co-writer Mark Duplass took the film to a familiar place that drained all tension from the picture. I’ll also say that if you’re looking forward to this movie, there’s a point in the trailer that strongly hints at a spoiler.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Black Rock opens May 17, 2013.
One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed. Written by Derek Connolly, the film’s about a trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad that seeks a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and tries to discover what he’s really up to. It’s based on a real ad that was passed around the internet in 2005 and the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. Shortly after premiering, FilmDistrict bought the film, so you can look forward to seeing it at some point in the future. For more on the film, you can read Matt’s review.
After seeing the movie, I got to sit down with Mark Duplass for an extended interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how he got involved in Safety Not Guaranteed and what it’s about, what it was like to watch the film for the first time with a big crowd at Sundance, and how the film changed during production. In addition, since Duplass is involved in a number of other projects, we talked about the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman (Welcome to People), The Skeleton Twins (Bill Hader and Anna Faris as twins), Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, The League, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
Like I did last year, I had a great time at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s tough to complain about weather conditions or getting around when you have the privilege to watch and discover new movies all day. Even better, plenty of Sundance 2012 films turned out to be pretty damn good. For me, there weren’t any quite as excellent as Martha Marcy May Marlene or Project Nim from last year, but those movies set an incredibly high bar. Many of my peers felt they saw something truly special with Beasts of the Southern Wild and I can understand the love even if it didn’t hit me with as much emotional impact. Most of my peers also loved Liberal Arts and Sleepwalk With Me, and I’m sorry I missed those. But all in all, the festival ran as smoothly as last year, the volunteers (especially those in the press tent) were awesome, and it’s always a joy to hang out with people from other movie websites.
Hit the jump for my festival scorecard where you can see an organized list of my ratings for the movies I saw (although I highly encourage you to read the full review rather than just glance at a letter). While this is my wrap-up, Steve will be posting his Sundance interviews throughout the week so keep an eye out for those.
Slashers are classified as horror, but they’re really more about the thrills. There’s nothing truly horrifying about the situation because in all likelihood, our camping trip is not to end up with everyone getting slaughtered. Truly horrifying events happen in our world. It’s the all-too-common horror we become desensitized to. Women are beaten and abused and raped every day but we don’t want to stop and dwell on that. It’s too awful to confront if it’s not happening to you or someone you know. In her new film Black Rock, director Katie Aselton makes us face that horror head-on and then she steers away to the safety of the hunter-hunted thriller we’ve seen countless times before. The film can only muster horror in its violence, but then it negates that horror through clichés.
Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-ups for the in-competition categories. Today, we’re moving into the out-of-competition films and just because they’re not competing for an award, doesn’t mean they won’t be great. Sundance has announced their line-ups for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=>, and New Frontier categories. There are a lot of exciting films in these categories, but I’m over the moon that Sundance will be getting The Raid. The movie got massive love coming out of TIFF this year, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights, and I’m going to make sure there’s a spot for it in my Sundance schedule. Other noteworthy movies include Monsieur Lazhar, Wuthering Heights, and Black Rock (a horror film from The Freebie director Katie Aselton and her husband/Cyrus co-writer-director Mark Duplass).
Hit the jump for the line-ups. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.
Actress Katie Aselton is set to direct and star in the thriller Black Rock. Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth have signed on to co-star in the film which was conceived by Aselton and written by Mark Duplass (Cyrus). The story centers on “three childhood friends who embark on a weekend getaway to the isolated island of Black Rock, only to discover that they are not alone.” While that may sound like your standard thriller, with indie-staple Duplass writing the screenplay you can pretty much bet on it being something wholly original.
As an actress, Aselton has worked on FX’s The League and appears in the upcoming Paul Rudd indie comedy Our Idiot Brother. Submarine is handling U.S. and international sales at Cannes, with a portion of the film’s funding being crowd-sourced through Kickstarter. Hit the jump to read the full press release.