Kate Beckinsale in Talks to Star in Edgar Allen Poe Story ELIZA GRAVES, Directed by Brad Anderson

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Reports have Kate Beckinsale (Total Recall) in negotiations to star in Eliza Graves for Millenium and Nu Image.  The psychological thriller is based off of an early story from the career of Edgar Allan Poe, the 1945 short titled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.  When last we reported on Eliza Graves, the film had Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) attached to direct.  It looks like things have changed as the film now has Brad Anderson (Session 9) in the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. 

Director Brad Anderson Talks THE CALL, Setting the Pace of the Film, His Fascination with Contained Spaces, and More

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Brad Anderson has slowly but surely proven to be one of the most efficient and solid filmmakers in the horror/thriller genre.  It’s odd to think that the writer/director of such quirky romantic character studies as Happy Accidents and Next Stop Wonderland would go on to make such decidedly unsettling films as The Machinist and Session 9The Call marks the next stepping-stone in Anderson’s career – it’s easily the most mainstream of the indie filmmaker’s work and instead of the slow burn menace of Transsiberian or Session 9, The Call eschews that in favor of plain old-fashion white-knuckle thrills.  However, The Call – still feels at one with Anderson. It’s a successful blending of mainstream material with Anderson’s more perverse and indie sensibilities.

In the following interview with Brad Anderson, he discusses balancing his own ‘auteurship’ while adjusting his style to someone else’s material, the importance of pace/editing and his penchant for ‘contained-space’ films.

New Trailer for THE CALL Starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin

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A new trailer for director Brad Anderson’s (The Machinist) upcoming thriller The Call has been released online.  The film stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who, after taking a life-altering call from a teenager (Abigail Breslin) that’s been kidnapped, realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.  This trailer is a bit more intense and less plot-driven than the first one, and it’s quite effective.  Anderson looks to have crafted a surprisingly involving and potentially frightening thriller, and I’m getting a strong “twisted villain” vibe from this trailer.  Here’s hoping the full film delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Morris ChestnutMichael Eklund, and Michael Imperioli.  The Call opens on March 15th.

First Trailer for Thriller THE CALL Starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin

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TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming thriller The Call (previously titled The Hive).  Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), the film stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who, after taking a life-altering call from a teenager (Abigail Breslin) that’s been kidnapped, realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.  Though the premise is fairly straightforward, the trailer is actually pretty interesting and makes The Call look like it could be a neat little thriller.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, and Michael ImperioliThe Call opens on March 15th.

Halle Berry to Star in Brad Anderson’s Thriller THE HIVE

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Halle Berry is set to lead the suspense-thriller The Hive for The Machinist director Brad Anderson.  According to Variety, Berry will play “911 emergency operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a disturbed killer.”  We reported in January that Joel Schumacher had dropped off the project and been replaced by Anderson.  Berry had also dropped out due to scheduling, but now she’s back on board since the start date has been pressed back.  Filming is set to begin in June in Los Angeles.

Berry recently co-starred in New Year’s Eve, and she’ll next be seen in the shark movie Dark Tide. In a more prestigious move, she’s also co-starring in the Wachowski Siblings and Tom Tykwer‘s adaptation of Cloud Atlas.  Like her co-stars in that film, Berry will be playing multiple roles, which include a Jewish woman in the 1930s and an old tribal woman.

Brad Anderson Replaces Joel Schumacher for THE HIVE

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When last we reported on the Troika Pictures’ thriller The Hive, it was to announce that director Joel Schumacher (The Phantom of the Opera) had made it his next project. Now it seems as if Schumacher has exited, having been replaced by The Machinist director, Brad Anderson. The film, which sets up in an emergency call center, follows a 911 operator who must overcome her past if she hopes to prevent a serial killer from claiming another victim. Originally reported to have Halle Berry attached (who dropped out due to scheduling issues), several top actresses have expressed interest. In a script by Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds), The Hive is scheduled to begin production in late spring. Hit the jump for more.

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET Blu-ray Review

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Brad Anderson is– in this humble critic’s opinion– one of our most underappreciated directors.  This is the guy that made my absolute favorite horror movie of the decade (Session 9, see it immediately if you’ve never caught it), the guy that pulled the best performance I’ve ever seen out of Christian Bale (The Machinist, a film I doubly appreciate for its inherent weirdness and its frequent pseudo-references to Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor), the guy that made… Next Stop Wonderland?  Well, everyone’s gotta stop somewhere.  Anderson’s most recent stop?  The Vanishing on 7th Street, which arrived to not a lot of critical acclaim last year.  Is the film as pedestrian and disappointing as you might’ve heard?  Does star Hayden Christensen turn in an Attack of The Clones-level performance?  Find out after the jump, folks…

Christian Bale to Reunite with MACHINIST Director Brad Anderson for CONCRETE ISLAND

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Director Brad Anderson is looking to reunite with Batman himself, Christian Bale, for his next film outing. In 2004, Bale transformed himself into a small bird for Anderson’s psychological thriller The Machinist. During a recent interview, Anderson announced that he and Bale are looking to team up yet again for his next flick, Concrete Island, which he described thusly:

“The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban Robinson Crusoe story – a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis.”

In the interview with Shock Till You Drop, Anderson said they plan to shoot the film when Bale can fit it into his schedule (which, more than likely, will not be this year). Bale is currently filming 13 Flowers of Nanjing with director Zhang Yimou, and will then move on to The Dark Knight Rises, the presumed concluding chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Anderson is getting ready to release Vanishing on 7th Street.

EVERYTHING MUST GO, Starring Will Ferrell, Heads to the Toronto International Film Festival; THE VANISHING ON 7th STREET and BUNRAKU to also Play

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The upcoming dramedy Everything Must Go is headed to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Based on the Raymond Carver short story, Dan Rush’s low-budget dramedy centers on a recovering alcoholic (played by Will Ferrell) “who falls off the wagon, is tossed from both his job and home, and must survive on his front lawn by selling his belongings in a yard sale.”  Ferrell scored another hit this weekend when The Other Guys scored $35.6 million at the box office this weekend.  While I enjoyed the film, I always want to see Ferrell in roles outside his comfort zone and his part in Everything Must Go sounds like one of them.

THR also reports that Brad Anderson’s thriller The Vanishing on 7th Street, starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo, and Guy Moshe’s action noir movie Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, will play at the festival.  The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 9 – 19th.

First Images from Brad Anderson’s VANISHING ON 7TH STREET

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When I first heard about Vanishing on 7th Street a few months back, I was intrigued. First of all, it follows a group of people suffering through the aftermath of the mass, unexplained disappearance of seemingly everyone else in the world: an awesome concept that’s right up my alley. Add to that a really cool director in Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and you’ve got something that should rate pretty high on the flicks-to-watch-for meter.  But ultimately, you just never know until you see some kind of visual evidence.

Well, now we’ve got some. Quiet Earth has the first five stills from the film and while there’s not a whole lot going on in most of them, they are freaking gorgeous, absolutely oozing stylish creepiness. Vanishing, which should drop some time in 2010, is officially one of my most anticipated films of the year.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  Vanishing on 7th Street stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo.

Brad Anderson to Direct Serial Killer Thriller, JACK

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Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9) is set to direct the thriller, Jack.  According to Variety, the film will be about a serial killer with amnesia and what happens when “the amnesiac falls in love with a doctor but as the killer’s memories begin to surface, he must decide whether to make a clean start or embrace the killer within.”

With production set to begin on August 30th, it’s unclear what this means for Anderson’s upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel, The Living and the Dead.   We haven’t heard much about the project since we last reported on it in October, but I still hope that the underrated director can get to it eventually since I would love to see his take on it.  In the meantime, Anderson’s next film, Vanishing on 7th Street, should be coming out sometime later this year even though it doesn’t yet have a release date.

Brad Anderson to Adapt Graphic Novel THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

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Brad Anderson (“Session 9″, “The Machinist”) has now signed on to direct the filmed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Living and the Dead”.  The graphic novel by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livingston started off as a screenplay before turning into a comic and has now been revisited by the two creators with the news of Anderson coming on board.  You can get all of the details when you click on the jump.

Hayden Christensen to star in Director Brad Anderson’s VANISHING ON SEVENTH STREET

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Hayden Christensen has signed on to star in Brad Anderson’s (“The Machinist) next film, “Vanishing on Seventh Street”. The film will be about five survivors who fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are also in negotiations to star in this indie thriller. To find out who they might be playing you can click on the jump.

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