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The Last Exorcism gets picked up for distribution.

Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2010

Lionsgate have the U.S. distribution rights to “The Last Exorcism,” an Eli Roth produced horror.

German director and AFI grad Daniel Stamm mad the film that was originally called Cotton. It stars Patrick Fabian as a troubled evangelical minister who allows his final exorcism to be filmed by a documentary crew.

Disillusioned by years of defrauding poor believes of their hard-earned cash, evangelical preacher Cotton Marcus decides to put the record straight by producing a spectacular documentary. A letter from Louis, a poor farmer begging for Cotton’s help in driving the devil off his land, gives Cotton the perfect opportunity to expose the phoniness of his ministry. But then he meets Louis’ disturbed young daughter, Nell.

“It’s always great to work with our friend Eli, who has played a key role in establishing Lionsgate in the vanguard of the horror genre,” said Jason Constantine of Lionsgate “‘The Last Exorcism’ feels as close to a real exorcism as anyone would ever want to get — audiences are going to find this movie scary as, well, hell.”

“One of the best written, scariest scripts I’d read in years. It felt totally original with the potential to be terrifying and realistic the way The Exorcist was. Cotton’s a regular guy who wants to come clean, but then he meets Nell and everything he thought was fake is suddenly challenged in a very subtle and truly horrifying way.” said Roth about the script.

Judging from the photo above this could be a rather disturbing looking film.

Source: Variety & JoBlo

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SXSW Film Festival Announces Panels & Shorts

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2010

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce over 80 Film Conference panels and 130 short films for the 2010 event, which will take place Friday, March 12 – Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage. The schedule, complete with both screening and panel dates and times, will be available on Monday, February 15th at Visit often for more information and updates.

The SXSW Film Conference starts on Friday, March 12 and runs through Tuesday, March 16, 2010. New major panelists added to the SXSW Film Conference include Michel Gondry (filmmaker, The Thorn in the Heart, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Quentin Tarantino (filmmaker, Inglorious Basterds), David Gordon Green (filmmaker, Eastbound & Down, Pineapple Express), Peter Becker (President, Criterion Collection), David Wohl (Radical Publishing) and Susan Bradley (Pixar). Other upgrades to the 2010 Conference include more workshop sessions, more mentor sessions, and over 20 Crossover Panels (open to both Film and Interactive registrants).

“We are dedicated to presenting a strong conference that offers unique vaule for our registrants from both the Film and Interactive worlds,” says Film Conference and Producer Janet Pierson, “This year is no different – not only do our panels cover a wide range of crucial and timely topics, but we’ve assembled a dynamic group up of high-level talent to share their experiences and insight. ”

Also announced was the complete Short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 12 – 20, 2010. Over the course of nine days, 130 short films will screen at the festival, selected from 2,312 short film submissions. A comprehensive list of the short films lineup is detailed below.

“After months of watching incredible shorts, we’re excited to finally unveil our complete lineup,” said Shorts Co-Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, “Every film in our program has a unique voice, embodies the energy of SXSW, and leaves a lasting impression that we are thrilled to share with an audience.”

A sampling of key panels follows below, as well as the complete panel breakdown, by date and title. For full panel descriptions and participants, visit

A Conversation with Michel Gondry
The stratospheric rise of Academy Award-winning visionary Michel Gondry is one of the great success stories of modern film. Working with fellow travelers like Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Bjork, Gondry has made his mark on the film landscape with iconic work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Come and enjoy what promises to be a fascinating discussion as Gondry discusses his latest, highly personal and emotionally raw documentary A Thorn in the Heart with TCM’s Elvis Mitchell.

Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts
How does modern horror take gore beyond the purely grisly to the level of grand guignol art and imagination? How does bone-cracking violence and flesh-rending horror contribute to the hallowed pantheon of art and cinema? Join five of the most striking genre filmmakers in modern movies as they lock horns over the all-important issues of blood, guts and gratuitous gore. Featuring Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) Eli Roth (Hostel), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ti West (House of the Devil), moderated by Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)

Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study
Carving a niche in the world of film is tough enough, and achieving the same feat on the small screen is no easier. Successfully mastering both is in yet another league, but somehow the creators of HBO’s Eastbound & Down are pulling it off with style. Find out how Danny McBride (Your Highness), and filmmakers David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Jody Hill (Observe and Report) made it look easy in this illuminating, entertaining glimpse at the art of combining technical skill, sharp comedy writing and moving from the packed auditorium to the living room couch.

Creating a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy
Graphic novels are red hot in Hollywood now. With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to studios. Ean Mering (Pomegranate) talks to David Wohl (Radical Publishing), Martin Shapiro (Night Owl Productions), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow) and Ted Adams (IDW Publishing) will explain how to create a graphic novel that will attract the attention of movie producers.

Previously announced participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop, a Kick-Ass Conversation panel with director Matthew Vaughn, actors Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and comic writers Mark Millar and John S. Romita, Academy Award-winning Argentine composer, solo artist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla in Conversation with BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross, and Cult comics legend Gilbert Shelton in Conversation with Harry Knowles.

Thanks to Rich for passing the info along.

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Invasion – Alien invasion film could be the next Cloverfield?

Posted by LiveFor on December 1, 2009

Summit Entertainment has picked up Ben Magid’s Cloverfield-esque sci-fi spec script Invasion according to STYD.

The story follows the survivors of a subway accident under Los Angeles. Climbing out the tunnels, they emerge into a ruined city littered in some kind of snow, bodies, panic-fueled mobs and a strange goo with acidic properties.

Sounds good doesn’t it. I wonder if the snow are the remains of humanity in a “They’re all dead, Dave” Red Dwarf kind of way? The description also reminds me a little of one scene in FAQ About Time Travel.

Eli Roth and Eric Newman will produce.

It has some potential although I’m assuming when they say Cloverfield-esque that they don’t mean people running around with camcorders during an invasion? That shaky-cam really makes me feel sick.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all the American Live for Films readers

Posted by LiveFor on November 26, 2009

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Inglourious Basterds – Cool poster by Tyler Stout

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2009

If there are any left you can buy a copy of the very limited edition poster here.

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Inglourious Basterds will be 1 minute longer and there may be sequels and prequels.

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Inglourious Basterds is almost with us, but not after a little bit of tweaking in the editing room.

Eli Roth who plays Bear Jew in the film told MovieWeb that the film was going to be five to six minutes longer than the version that played at Cannes.

He also hinted that Quentin Tarantino has already planned, not only a sequel, but also a prequel that would reunite Bear Jew with Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine.

This is what Roth had to say about the new length of the theatrical version:

After Cannes, Quentin always said that he wanted to do some cutting, and pruning, and that he was going to be changing things. There was a lot of stuff left out before. He felt that he had over cut. There were certain scenes that were taken out for Cannes that will come back into the final version. Because it plays better like that. I think the final version of the film is five or six minutes longer than the version shown in Cannes. From what Quentin has told me, he has fleshed it out a little bit more. Cannes running length was at two hours and twenty-five minutes. I think this is a little over two hours and thirty minutes. Something close to that.

Quentin Tarantino has since said that the new cut is only a minute long, but that does help the film flow a little better. He spoke to BFDealMemo. “The movie is actually a minute longer, in running time, than it was in Cannes. It was 2:28, without end credits, and now it’s 2:29, or 2:32 with end credits.” That means it is now 149 minutes.

Roth also spoke about a possible sequel/prequel

Quentin has an entire universe planned out for Inglourious Basterds. With Aldo and Donny in Italy with a troop of black soliders. He has a whole prequel planned, and most of it is written. If the movie does well, he will make the prequel. I want to see a prequel. Both Brad and I want to be in it. Brad and I were in Cannes screaming, “Prequel, prequel, prequel!” He even has two sequels planned. He’s not necessarily going to make these movies. But he has at least four our five stories centering on these characters that span through the fifties and sixties. He knows exactly where these characters are going. He has this whole universe mapped out in his head.

I can’t wait to see this film. Just got to wait until 21st August.


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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds – Second trailer

Posted by LiveFor on June 22, 2009

During World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “the Basterds” are chosen to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a young French girl named Shosanna who runs a movie theater in Paris that is frequented by soldiers.



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Inglourious Basterds – Cool Italian Poster

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

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Farewell to the Relfinator

Posted by LiveFor on May 29, 2009

Today is a sad day.

My good friend, Pete Relf – work colleague, man of a thousand names and fellow comic book and video game fan – is finishing work today to travel around Europe.

Do not be fooled. The photo on the left is not that of the brilliant silent movie actor Harold Lloyd it is the Relfinator. It is also a colour photo. Don’t ask.

There you have it ExceedTron, Inspector Gadget, McLovin, and all the rest of his names has left the building.

You will be missed Pete. Hey, let’s be careful out there.

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UPDATED:Inglourious Basterds – Cannes Press Conference video and photos

Posted by LiveFor on May 20, 2009

Jeffrey Wells posted these photos and video footage from the opening of the Inglourious Basterds press conference at the Cannes Film Festival. Above is Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Brad Pitt.

Below is Diane Kruger and Quentin Tarantino.
Below is Mélanie Laurent.

UPDATE: Pat mentioned in the comments this better bit of video from the Press conference below. Thanks Pat

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