Blumhouse Partnering With Ivanhoe and Phantom to Make Horror Films in India

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This is definitely some cool news.  Blumhouse has been on a tear in the U.S. over the past five years or so, releasing a vast array of low budget (but in some cases high prestige) horror films.  If you’re unfamiliar for some reason, they’re behind the Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious and Purge franchises.  Now it appears as though they’re going to be expanding that ethos to India.  In a three-way partnership, Asian startup Ivanhoe Pictures will finance the projects.  India’s own Phantom Films will also be involved and has already attached director Anurag Kashyap to one of the films.  Blumhouse will primarily be more involved with the creative end of things and the films will be released under their banner.

These movies will be local-language films, which I think is certainly the right way to go in this scenario.  Hit the jump for more on Blumhouse bringing their brand to India.

New to Blu-ray: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, NO, THE CALL, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Ed Harris Talks PHANTOM, Working in an Actual Submarine, Plus PAIN & GAIN, SNOWPIERCER and 4 ½ MINUTES

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Inspired by true events, Phantom is a Cold War era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, named Dmitri “Demi” Zubov (Ed Harris), forced to lead a covert mission that could start a nuclear war.  With replacement sailors filling in for many of his regular crew, the captain quickly learns that the real mission is to launch a missile strike against the Americans while making it appear to come from a Chinese vessel, triggering a nuclear showdown between the two superpowers and forcing the men aboard to make impossible choices that could end their lives.

While at the film’s press day, actor Ed Harris spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he got involved with this project, what appealed to him about this role, understanding the technical speak, his process for finding a character, and what it was like to work in an actual submarine and do fight scenes in such cramped quarters.  He also talked about what attracts him to a project and makes him want to work these days, the appeal of Pain & Gain (from director Michael Bay), the experience of working with director Bong Joon-ho on Snowpiercer, agreeing to do Renee Zellweger’s directorial debut 4 ½ Minutes, and being in a position to take acting roles for creative fulfillment.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Friday Box Office: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, 21 & OVER and THE LAST EXORCISM PART II All Disappoint

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Yikes! For anyone hoping that this weekend’s slate of new movies would pull the domestic box office out of its deadly tailspin, get used to disappointment. Three new titles opened wide on Friday (four, if you count the independent thriller Phantom), but each is looking like more of a dud than the last. With an estimated $7.7 million from 3,525 locations, the best that can be said of Warner Brothers’ pricey Jack the Giant Slayer is that it didn’t have to vie for first place with the month-old Identity Thief. Director Bryan Singer’s fantasy film is expected to stay on top this weekend with around $25 million, though that falls far short of the film’s reported $200 million pricetag. 21 & Over was in second place on Friday with an estimated $3.3 million from its 2,771 locations. At this point, $10 million is the most that the teen-party flick can hope to see through Sunday so… not quite the Project X redux that was promised. Finally, back in August 2010, The Last Exorcism became a surprise hit when it earned over $20 million on its debut frame. This weekend, The Last Exorcism Part II is expected to make just $8.5 million – less than its predecessor realized on its first day.  We’ll have complete details and the top ten tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Jack the Giant Slayer $7,710,000 $7.7
2.  21 & Over $3,340,000 $3.3
3.  The Last Exorcism Part II $3,250,000 $3.2
4.  Identity Thief $2,700,000 $100.4
5.  Snitch $2,100,000 $18.8

PHANTOM Review

by     Posted 1 year, 244 days ago

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I love submarine movies, and I can’t figure out why they’re so rare.  They’re inherently claustrophobic, you don’t need many sets, there’s fantastic use of sound and silence, actors have room to deliver terrific performances, and if the sub is equipped with a nuclear warhead, then the stakes can’t be higher.  What’s not to like?  Submarines also have a great sense of mystery since there’s no way to see what’s outside once the ship is submerged.  Writer-director Todd Robinson tries to tap into that mystery in his new film, Phantom, but he stumbles over his clumsy attempts to hide his characters’ pasts and motives.  Thankfully, removed from the mystery, Phantom is a tense submarine picture featuring strong performances, and an understanding of the genre’s dramatic assets.

David Duchovny Talks PHANTOM, Avoiding Russian Accents, Working on a Real Submarine, and Ending CALIFORNICATION

by     Posted 1 year, 244 days ago

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Inspired by true events, Phantom is a Cold War era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, named Dmitri “Demi” Zubov (Ed Harris), forced to lead a covert mission that could start a nuclear war.  With replacement sailors filling in for many of his regular crew, the captain quickly learns that the real mission is to launch a missile strike against the Americans while making it appear to come from a Chinese vessel, triggering a nuclear showdown between the two superpowers and forcing the men aboard to make impossible choices that could end their lives.

While at the film’s press day, actor David Duchovny spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him want to get involved with this project, the decision the director made to have his cast avoid using Russian accents, that the technical dialogue comes easy for him and has since his days on The X-Files, how challenging it was to work on a real submarine and do fight scenes without getting hurt, and how great it was to work with Ed Harris.  He also talked about how he would be surprised if Season 7 weren’t the last season of his Showtime series Californication, and that they’ve been finishing each season as it was going to be their last, for the last three years now.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

First Trailer and Poster for Submarine Thriller PHANTOM Starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny

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The first trailer and poster for the period submarine thriller Phantom have been released online.  The film stars Ed Harris as the captain of a Cold War Soviet submarine who, after being rushed into a classified mission, discovers that his submarine is being taken over by a rogue KGB group.  David Duchovny plays the leader of the KGB group, and this trailer looks like it may just give away the entire plot of the film.  We haven’t seen a good submarine thriller in quite a long time, so here’s hoping Phantom delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster.  Written and directed by Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts), the film also stars William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Jason BeghePhantom opens on March 1, 2013.

David Duchovny Joins Ed Harris and William Fichtner in Submarine Thriller PHANTOM

by     Posted 3 years, 33 days ago

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David Duchovy has joined the cast of the indie thriller Phantom. The film is set on a Soviet submarine during the Cold War and stars Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and Natascha McElhone. Variety reports that Duchovny is replacing Andy Garcia as the leader of the Soviet Special Forces team who is forced to head up a mission cloaked in secrecy. Todd Robinson (White Squall) wrote the script and is directing the indie which will shoot next month in Long Beach, California. RCR Media is co-financing and producing the flick, with Sony Pictures Worldwide handling domestic distribution. Duchovny recently wrapped the latest season of Showtime’s Californication and the indie comedy Goats.

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