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Modern Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies at 83

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Modern Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies at 83
Spanish cinema has lost an understated giant with Friday’s passing of genre film and TV pioneer Narciso “Chicho” Ibañez Serrador, dead at the age of 83.

Although he only filmed two features, both stand out as milestones in the country’s early genre cannon, 1970’s “La Residencia” (“The House That Screamed”) and 1976’s “¿Quién puede matar a un niño?” (“Who Can Kill a Child?”).

The films anticipated Spain’s surge in upscale genre auteur, and helped evolve the medium from quickly produced hack-and-slash fare intended to make a quick buck at the box office, to films with aesthetics, psychology and humanistic narratives that stood and stand out in international cinema.

In Spain he is equally well-regarded for his work in TV with programs such as “Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez,” in its time the biggest game show in Spain, and the legendary horror series “Historias para no dormir”.
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Film News Roundup: Fox Searchlight Launches Searchlight Shorts

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In today’s film news roundup, Fox Searchlight starts a shorts channel, Uma Thurman signs with ICM and Miramax signs animation exec Michael Lachance.

Searchlight Shorts

Fox Searchlight Pictures’ chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula have announced the launch of “Searchlight Shorts” as a collection of short films.

The shorts are available on Fox Searchlight’s YouTube channel and “Searchlight Shorts” Facebook page. The first film to be released on the Fox Searchlight social media channels is the recent best live action short Oscar winner “Skin,” in which a young boy has an innocent encounter with an African American man at a supermarket and his parents react to the exchange with racial violence.

Other short films to be featured include “Feathers” and “Birdie,” which were acquired in late 2018; “Lavender,” which made its premiere at Sundance earlier this year; and the recently acquired “Sew Torn.” Fox Searchlight plans to release a
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‘Kill Bill’ & ‘Pulp Fiction’ Actress Uma Thurman Signs With ICM Partners

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‘Kill Bill’ & ‘Pulp Fiction’ Actress Uma Thurman Signs With ICM Partners
Pulp Fiction Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winning actress Uma Thurman has inked with ICM Partners. Thurman can next be seen this spring in Netflix’s Chambers, starring opposite Tony Goldwyn.

She will also return to the stage in Ghosts at the Williamstown Theater Festival this summer. Two years ago, Thurman completed her Broadway debut as the star of The Parisian Woman.

Thurman completed production on various upcoming film releases including Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, James Haslam’s The Con is On, and Rodrigo CortésDown a Dark Hall. She will also star opposite Robert De Niro in Tim Hill’s The War with Grandpa.

Thurman is best known for her motion picture canon with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino including her turn as alluring mob wife Mia Wallace in the Oscar- and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Pulp Fiction, for which she received a 1995 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom,
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'The Realm' and 'Champions' share top honours at Spain's Goya awards

'The Realm' and 'Champions' share top honours at Spain's Goya awards
Political thriller The Realm awarded seven prizes including best director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Political thriller The Realm and local box office comedy hit Champions shared the big prizes at Spain’s Goya Awards, held in Sevilla last night (2 Feb).

The Spanish Film Academy awarded seven prizes to The Realm, who led the race with 13 nominations, including best director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen; and crowned Javier Fesser’s Champions as best film.

Fesser’s comedy was the most successful Spanish film by far at the local box office in 2018 with a gross of $22m. Produced by Películas Pendelton, Rey de Babia A.
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Spain’s Goya Awards Crown ‘Champions’

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Spain’s Goya Awards Crown ‘Champions’
Madrid — Javier Fesser’s “Champions” won best picture at the 33rd Spanish Academy Goya Awards, having seemed to have been locked out of major awards.

“Champions” entered the ceremony as most probably the favorite in one of the most open fields in recent years, given the diversity of best picture contenders in artistic and industry terms.

But, produced by Morena Films, Películas Oendelton and Movistar +, “Champions” had already been selected by the Academy as Spain’s Oscar entry and had proven a blockbuster hit on home turf for Upi Spain, earning €18.5 million ($21.1 million). Selling near worldwide, the comedy turns on an off-the-rails Spanish coach sentenced to train a basketball team of special-needs players.

Before director Javier Fesser climbed onto the stage on Saturday night to take best picture, however, the film had won just two of 10 nominations, for breakthrough actor (Jesús Vidal) and song (Coque Malla’s “Este es
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Down A Dark Hall Haunts Blu-ray this October

Producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Rodrigo Cortés’ (Buried) adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 16th. You can check out the cover art to the right and a full list of special features, along with the film’s trailer below. After that […]

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Movie Review – Down a Dark Hall (2018)

Down a Dark Hall, 2018.

Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.

Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, and Rosie Day.

Synopsis:

Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.

A “Young Adult” horror fantasy billing Uma Thurman, featuring famous classical ghosts, isolated inside an all-girls “gifted” school? Why is Rodrigo Cortés’ Down a Dark Hall getting buried *so* hard? It’s admittedly generic and skimps on vicious horror elements, but still, this seems like some prime marketable teeny-bopper content. Lois Duncan’s 1974 book lays the groundwork for an adaptation that turns scenes like pages through Cortés’ Victorian haunted house. With one single theater location in all of New York City, looks like a VOD watch for most of you – if what’s laid down in the paragraphs that follow is your eerie,
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Slumber Party Gets Scary In First ‘Down a Dark Hall’ Clip

Now on VOD from Lionsgate Premiere, here’s the first clip from Down a Dark Hall in which a slumber party gets spooky. Buried‘s Rodrigo Cortés directs the film that features an impressive cast comprised of Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Anna Sophia Robb, Noah Silver (“Tyrant”) and Rosie Day (“Outlander”). In the film: “Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding […]
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Film Review: ‘Down a Dark Hall’

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Film Review: ‘Down a Dark Hall’
Written in 1974, prolific young-adult novelist Lois Duncan’s “Down a Dark Hall” intriguingly anticipated some of the tropes of latterday Ya fantasy-fiction blockbusters. Thus “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortés’ belated screen adaptation comes off — at least in narrative terms — as something a halfway point between “Harry Potter” and “Suspiria,” as “gifted” girls at a curious, sinister private school become increasingly susceptible to supernatural forces.

Lionsgate Premiere’s Stateside launch of this Spanish-u.S. coproduction (which has already opened in several other territories) doesn’t suggest great faith, as it’s only providing very limited theatrical exposure alongside a VOD release. Still, this is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés. His efforts, and strong performances by the young female leads, make for a movie that’s fairly strong meat by juvenile fantasy standards, if probably a tad wimpy for horror-fan tastes.
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‘Buried’ Director Rodrigo Cortés Goes ‘Down a Dark Hall’ in First Trailer

After a six-year hiatus from feature length filmmaking, Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés is finally back with his latest fantasy horror picture Down a Dark Hall – also known by its alternate title Blackwood. Best known for his tense direction on the Ryan Reynolds-led Buried and the Sigourney Weaver-led Red Lights, Cortés is no stranger to the horror-thriller genre. In Dark Hall, Cortés throws a fantastical twist onto things as the film deals with the supernatural – spookily depicted in the first trailer for the film, which Lionsgate has now released.

Down a Dark Hall centers on a troublesome young adult named Kit Gordy who, after a brief altercation with the law, is sent to a mysterious disciplinary boarding school – “Welcome to Blackwood” the stern headmaster Madame Duret (played by Uma Thurman) announces in the trailer. From here, things only become darker. Accompanied by four other similarly aged girls, Kit and her
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Conecta Fiction’s Development Prizes Go To ‘Día Cero,’ ‘Malaka,’ ‘Streisand Effect’

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Santiago De Compostela, Spain — “Día Cero,” “Malaka” and “Streisand Effect” won Tuesday night development prizes at Conecta Fiction, the co-production and networking forum, whose second edition runs June 18-21 in Galicia’s Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the St. James Way.

The awards were adjudicated by Telefonica’s paybox Movistar + and public broadcaster Rtve, two of the main Conecta Fiction partners, who valued the projects’ in part according to their potential fit with their respective TV fiction programming strategies.

A total 10 international co-production projects competed for the Movistar+ and Rtve awards, plus a further six that developed at the series lab of Spain’s General Society of Spanish Authors’ Foundation (Sgae). All projects were pitched Tuesday June 19 at Conecta Fiction.

The Movistar + award went to “Día Cero,” a high concept comedy project set up at Alejandro Miranda’s Spanish distribution-production house Versus Entertainment, marking the company’s entry into TV fiction production.
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Spain’s Versus Bows TV Fiction Production With End-Of-The-World Comedy ‘Día Cero’

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Santiago De Compostela, Spain — Spanish independent producer-distributor Versus Entertainment is dipping its toe into TV fiction production with high-concept comedy project “Día Cero.”

Co-penned by David Sainz, star-scribe of popular web series “Malviviendo,” and actor-writer Enrique Lojo (“Serramoura”), “Día Cero” on an end of the world hat doesn’t happen how that impacts a group of people. Versus founder Alejandro Miranda, executive producer on films such as Rodrigo Cortés’ Sundance hit “Buried,” produces the TV series, with Teresa Segura at Seville-based Diffferent Entertainment and Sin Sentido’s Rafael Portela as co-producers.

Designed as a half-hour, eight-episode TV show, “Día Cero” is set the day after the end of the world doesn’t happen. Conflicts experienced by the characters in the series arise from what happened in a period of 253 days, between the announcement of the end and the moment when it’s confirmed that the world continues its course.

The
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Uma Thurman To Star In Netflix Series ‘Chambers’ Produced By Stephen Gaghan

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Uma Thurman To Star In Netflix Series ‘Chambers’ Produced By Stephen Gaghan
Exclusive: Uma Thurman has been tapped for a starring role in Chambers, Netflix’s upcoming hourlong supernatural drama from Stephen Gaghan and Super Deluxe.

Created and written by Leah Rachel, who co-showruns with Akela Cooper, Chambers centers on a young heart attack survivor who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.

Thurman will play Nancy, the mother of the heart donor who forges a hesitant relationship with the young recipient only to find out her daughter may not be as dead as she thought.

Gaghan executive produces Chambers via Super Emotional alongside Rachel and Cooper as well as Wolfgang Hammer and Winnie Kemp via Super Deluxe. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon as an executive producer and
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Trailer Takes Us Down A Dark Hall With AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman

It was just the other day that we shared your first look at producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Rodrigo Cortés’ (Buried) adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (The Reaping), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Taylor Russell (Netflix’s Lost in Space) and Uma Thurman […]

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AnnaSophia Robb in Trailer for Supernatural Movie 'Down A Dark Hall'

"We're all thrilled you're here..." Lionsgate has debuted the first official trailer for a spunky supernatural thriller titled Down A Dark Hall, adapted from a Ya novel of the same name written by "I Know What You Did Last Summer" author Lois Duncan. The film is about a young woman named Kit Gordy, as played by AnnaSophia Robb, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School for girls, who confronts the institution's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress. The cast includes Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day , and "a truly memorable turn by the iconic" Uma Thurman. As you might expect, this doesn't look that great - another derivative dark mansion, supernatural thriller with all the typical spooks & scares. Give us something new! Not more of this. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Rodrigo Cortés' Down A Dark Hall, direct from YouTube
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Scares And Frights Await In New Trailer For Down A Dark Hall Starring AnnaSophia Robb And Uma Thurman

Welcome to Blackwood, where lost girls find their way…

From the producers of The Twilight Saga comes the very creepy new trailer and poster for Down A Dark Hall. Turn up the volume – I dare you.

Down A Dark Hall opens in Theaters, On Demand, and On iTunes August 17th.

Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

Based on the classic gothic Ya novel of the same name by Lois Duncan – author of “I Know What You Did Last Summer
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Trailer For The Supernatural Horror Film Down A Dark Hall with Uma Thurman and AnnaSophia Robb

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for a new supernatural horror thriller called Down a Dark Hall. The film is based on the gothic Ya novel of the same name by Lois Duncan, and it actually looks like this might be a decent film.

First of all the movie was directed by Rodrigo Cortés who directed the Ryan Reynold's film Buried, which was a great movie! On top of that, the movie has a great cast that includes AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman.

The story centers around Blackwood Boarding School, where lost girls find their way. Here's the synopsis:

Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women
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‘Buried’ Director Heads ‘Down a Dark Hall’ with Isabelle Fuhrman and Uma Thurman! [Trailer]

Lionsgate Premiere has announced Down a Dark Hall for release in theaters and VOD platforms on August 17, 2018. Buried‘s Rodrigo Cortés directs the film that features an impressive cast comprised of Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Anna Sophia Robb, Noah Silver (“Tyrant”) and Rosie Day (“Outlander”). In the film: “Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School […]
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6 Times Ryan Reynolds Killed It in a Genre Movie

This week marks the second coming… no, not of That savior, but rather Wade Wilson—aka The Merc with a Mouth—in Deadpool 2, (read our review here), the highly anticipated sequel starring Ryan Reynolds. For his entire career, Reynolds has become synonymous with his sardonic and sassy sense of humor, which this writer has enjoyed watching throughout the decades in films like Van Wilder, Waiting…, Just Friends, The Proposal, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and more. But for me, what’s been even more interesting to watch is whenever Reynolds ventures over into the realms of horror and science fiction, as the results have been fascinating, to say the least.

With Deadpool 2 set to take over theaters everywhere this weekend, I thought this would be a perfect time to celebrate six different genre-related performances from Reynolds, who has made a career out of making some bold
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‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right

‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right
“It” and “The Dark Tower” have the highest profiles in a year of Stephen King adaptations, but “Gerald’s Game” best demonstrates the paradoxical nature of bringing his work to the screen. The master of pulpy horror tends to go long on prose, burrowing so deep inside his characters’ psyches that the stories often lose their way. That storytelling gamble is perfectly illustrated by “Gerald’s Game,” in which a woman’s chained to a bed in a kinky sex game gone wrong, wandering the contours of her own mind. How do you make a movie out of that? Director Mike Flanagan figured it out.

It takes a specific kind of filmmaker to tackle the challenges of a single-set survival movie, whether it’s Danny Boyle in a canyon (“127 Hours”) or Rodrigo Cortés inside a coffin (“Buried”), but the closest cinematic comparison to “Gerald’s Game” is James Wan’s “Saw,
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