Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.
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The first trailer is here for Open Windows, a low-budget Hitchcockian thriller for the digital age. Elijah Wood plays Nick Chambers, a dude who wins a dinner with Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), a celebrity he runs a fan site for.
But before the planned date happens, a sinister force overtakes Chambers’ computer and reveals access to Goddard’s personal information, indulging Chambers’ obsession with her. Sooner or later, the person who took over Chambers’ computer pushes him to be something more sinister than just a creepy stalker, but he pushes back and tries to save her.
The movie is in a single digitally edited shot from the perspective of a camera mounted to Chambers’ computer, according to Variety, so the story is largely told through open windows on his computer.
Wood is no stranger to high-concept thrillers like this. Early this year, he starred in Grand Piano, about a pianist gearing up to make a career comeback. When he begins the concert, he finds, along with his liner notes, a note that says a sniper will kill him if he plays a wrong note.
The film premiered at SXSW earlier this year. It will be available on VOD on Oct. 2 and in theaters on Nov. 7.
Long before Damien Chazelle won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his jazz drummer pic Whiplash, he was hard at work writing the suspenseful Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film, directed by Eugenio Mira, follows Wood’s character, a pianist, who suffers from stage fright and is served with a mysterious note just before his big performance.
Check out an exclusive clip from the film below.
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• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
• Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) will play the woman who claimed to be the Grand Russian Duchess Anastasia, in Duchess. The film will be directed by Arie Posin (The Chumscrubbers) from his own script with Nicholas Kazan (Matilda). The film is described as a dark road trip comedy based on true events and covering the last days of Anna Anderson and her American husband Jack Manahan. The film will shoot in Virginia. [Deadline]
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Elijah Wood’s company SpectreVision Wednesday announced the first annual SpectreFest, a 13-night celebration of horror and music to be held in Los Angeles from October 19-31 in partnership with the Cinefamily cinema. SpectreVision is an independent horror film company founded by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller.
Pawn Shop Chronicles should not be confused with Pawn Stars or Hardcore Pawn, two reality TV shows that delve into the hardscrabble lives of people who make their livelihoods wheeling and dealing others’ valuables. Pawn Shop Chronicles is a new movie from director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) centered around a Southern pawn shop that attracts all sorts of extreme trouble. Paul Walker plays a white-supremacist meth-head with a confusing fondness for Jerry Springer, Brendan Fraser is the saddest Elvis impersonator, and Matt Dillon is a vengeful husband who tortures Elijah Wood with the gusto of Marathon Man and A Clockwork Orange, combined.
In this totally NSFW clip — and I can’t emphasize enough just how NSFW is it — there is mayhem, naked zombie women, and the most violent Mexican stand-off ever imagined that includes a clown armed with a bow-and-arrow.
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The filmography of Elijah Wood has some dark moments, be it his depiction of the killer Kevin in Sin City or his twisted relationship with the titular canine in the sitcom Wilfred, which returns to FX on Wednesday. But there isn’t much in the Lord of the Rings actor’s résumé that would prepare you for his new movie, Maniac. Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) and co-penned by French gore-teur Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) this remake of the 1980 cult slasher flick stars Wood as a mannequin renovator and serial killer whose passions come together in extremely violent fashion.
Below, Wood talks about Maniac — which opens this Friday at New York’s IFC Center and will also be available on VOD — his love of genre movies, and the upcoming horror film he can’t wait to see.
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For short films, the Tribeca Film Festival is a must. Winning the award for Narrative Short or Best Documentary Short automatically qualifies a film for the Academy Awards. Their track record isn’t too bad either. Shawn Christensen’s Curfew had its New York premiere at the Festival and went on to win the Academy Award.
This year, Tribeca will show 60 short films in eight categories, from a variety of new and returning directors (including Christensen with Grandma’s Not A Toaster), and featuring performances from a number of Hollywood stars. Elijah Wood plays a standup comic who attempts a daring set in Setup, Punch (Worst Day Ever category), Elle Fanning deals with eating disorders and societal standards for beauty in Likeness (Skin Deep category), and Dominic West plays an inventor who loses his wife and must figure out another way to raise his child in The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (Deadbolt category).
In the press release announcing the lineup, TFF Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives Sharon Badal said, “These short programs run quite the emotional gamut, and we look forward to surprising our moviegoers with some very unique stories this year.”
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• Miles Teller (Project X) is joining Zac Efron in the indie romcom Are We Officially Dating?, about three buddies who pledge to each other that they will each remain single — and then, wouldn’t you know it, they each begin to fall for someone. Writer-director Tom Gormican is making his feature debut with the project. [Variety]
• Richard Madden (i.e. Game of Thrones’ Robb Stark) will romance Rebecca Hall (The Town) in A Promise, a period drama about a budding couple torn apart due to World War I. Director Patrice Leconte (Man on a Train) co-wrote the script with Jerome Tonnerre (Intimate Strangers). [Variety]
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