We have some more casting additions to report to you today. Here are the basics:
- John Boyega (Attack the Block) will join Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun from director Biyi Bandele. Boyega is also in negotiations to topline Creeping Zero, an indie sci-fi flick from Billy O’Brien, the writer/director of Invasion.
- The post-apocalyptic train-thriller, Snow Piercer, has added Kenny Doughty (Titus) to the cast. He’s also set to make his directorial debut with the British revenge thriller, Vengeance Waits.
Hit the jump for more information on each project.
This year’s Fantastic Fest went by in a blur, a seven-day avalanche of drinking, interviews, more drinking, and kick-ass genre-films that—from time to time—could feel a little overwhelming. While I managed to catch almost everything I planned on seeing during Fantastic Fest 2011, I was forced to skip a few flicks thanks to an already-crowded schedule. And so, when the folks behind one of those films– Carl Tibbetts’ Retreat– dropped me a line asking if I’d like to catch the film now, I was all too happy to say “Yes”. So, did I miss out on this one back when Fantastic Fest was in full swing, or would it turn out that Retreat was better left unseen? Find out after the jump, folks.
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…
A trailer for first time director Carl Tibbetts’ thriller Retreat is now available online. Starring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, and Thandie Newton, the film tells the story of a couple (Murphy and Newton) who retreat to an island in an attempt to patch up their relationship following a family tragedy. While shades of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist come to mind at first glance, the trailer establishes Retreat‘s main threat as coming in the form of an injured Jamie Bell who washes onto the island warning of a fatal airborne disease. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it should also be noted that there aren’t any talking foxes in the two-minute cut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself. Sony Pictures will distribute Retreat in North America although a release date is still withstanding.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer constantly justify our hatred with a slew of awful spoofs movies: Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and last year’s Vampires Suck. But darn it if I didn’t chuckle at the title of their latest, The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D. It will still be awful, of course. According to Variety, Icon Entertainment will grant The Biggest Movie the opportunity for global atrocity with a deal for the worldwide sales rights secured at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Safran (Buried) will produce.
In more promising acquisition news, Variety reports Sony Pictures Worldwide has picked up the North American rights to the thriller Retreat, led by Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, and Jamie Bell. Hit the jump for more on Retreat.
We’ve got quite a few casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, it looks like Penelope Cruz is set to re-team with director Woody Allen. The actress won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona and now EW reports that she’s set to work with the director again, presumably on his next film that is set in Rome. There are currently no plot details on the flick, which is set to start filming this summer.
Maggie Grace has closed her deal to return in producer Luc Besson’s Taken 2. There was previously some hubbub over whether star Liam Neeson would reprise his role from the first film, but everything was squared away and now Deadline reports that the film is ready to go with director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3). Hit the jump for the casting news of Thandie Newton starring in Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, Jay Baruchel joining David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Ryan O’Nan nabbing a starring role in Freelancers.
Magnet has released a new trailer for Vanishing on 7th Street, with enough footage not found in the first to be worth a look. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) follows a group of strangers who survived when “an unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain.” Hayden Christensen (Takers), John Leguizamo (Gamer), Thandie Newton (2012), and newcomer Jacob Latimore star.
Hit the jump for the trailer and official synopsis.
I didn’t know much about Brad Anderson’s upcoming horror film The Vanishing on 7th Street, but after seeing the trailer I think the film looks pretty sweet. The movie is about a the mass dissaperance of apparently the entire world’s population, and the need to stay in the light in order to remain non-disappeared. I dig the cool Twilight Zone-esque premise. I also like seeing John Leguizamo not react to a terrifying phenomenon with math puzzles. The film also stars Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, images and the synopsis. The Vanishing on 7th Street will be playing as part of the Midnight Madness program at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
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.
We have two pieces of casting news for you this morning. First up, Steve Coogan has signed on to co-star in the Paul Rudd comedy My Idiot Brother. The film centers on “an idealist (Rudd) who crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer) and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.” As long as Rudd isn’t playing another straight man, I’m happy. Deadline doesn’t say what role Coogan is playing.
In other casting news, Cillian Murphy has replaced [Correction] Jason Isaacs in the British thriller The Retreat. According to Deadline, the film is about a husband (Murphy) and wife (played by Thandie Newton) who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. That’s when the psychological fun-and-games begin…” The movie is being described as a cross between Dead Calm and Knife in the Water.
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.
According to Screen Daily, Thandie Newton, Jason Isaacs and David Tennant will star in Magnet Films’ upcoming thriller Retreat. Newton and Isaacs will play a troubled couple who go on a retreat to an island only to discover a dying soldier (Tennant) who tells them that a deadly virus has begun killing people back on the mainland. Carl Tibbetts will direct based on a script he co-wrote with Janice Hallett. The film will be Tibbetts’ directorial debut as well as Magnet Films’ first thriller, and it sounds awesome. Producer Gary Sinyor compared it to Dead Calm, only better, which is high praise indeed. Shooting is set to begin this May in Canada.
Yahoo Movies has released a new featurette from Roland Emmerich’s “2012″ called “How They Made the Giant Waves”. As you can guess from the title, it focuses on the special effects and how they created the huge wave that’s featured in the trailer. While the video is cool if you’re into visual effects, my favorite part is when the various people involved start talking about the script and being serious. Because, clearly, the script is the most important part of a Roland Emmerich movie. While people are clearly mixed on “2012″, I’m looking forward to shutting my brain off at the door, grabbing a popcorn, and having some fun watching the world explode. Check out the clip after the jump.
MTV aired a program tonight called “Behind the Screen” and they showed off new clips from “Jennifer’s Body”, “Ninja Assassin”, “2012″ and some behind the scenes footage from “Clash of the Titans”. Thanks to the magic of embedding, you can see the clips after the jump. Take a look:
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.