Since making his debut with 2005's The Roost, writer-director Ti West has been devoted to making horror movies. The Innkeepers, West's first attempt at a ghost story, opens in theaters on Feb. 3rd (though it is already available on VOD), and the horror anthology V/H/S, which includes a segment directed by West, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Showing no signs of slowing down, West has cast Liv Tyler in the lead role of his next project, titled The Side Effect.
Deadline reports that Tyler will play Catherine Rigby, a woman who spends "several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company and finds herself inexplicably pregnant." It won't be Tyler's first horror movie, having appeared in 2008's The Strangers, but she said she was drawn to the project because of West, calling the director "a super-talented exciting young filmmaker." Tyler called her role "a fantastic character within a great thriller."
A thriller? Don't worry, West explained that The Side Effect will stay in the horror genre. Somewhat. more on The Side Effect >> Posted 01.20.12 by Ryan
Writer-director-producer Peter Jackson has brought plenty of cast members from his The Lord of the Rings trilogy back for his two-part prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Ian McKellen's return as Gandalf, along with Andy Serkis as Gollum and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, were expected due to the character's inclusion in J.R.R. Tolkien's original text, but Jackson has also found room for Elijah Wood to return as Frodo Baggins, as well as Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as an elder Bilbo, and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman.
Not included in the prequel is Liv Tyler, who told PopEater that she's "definitely not" returning as the elf Arwen in The Hobbit.
Wood looking forward to putting on the ears again >> Posted 06.27.11 by Ryan
I'm definitely not in The Hobbit and I actually don't know anything about it. I realized I need to call my friends in New Zealand to ask them what's going on so I have some facts when I get asked questions about it.
The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, and ReelzChannel correspondents Steve Patterson and Jeremy Parsons are in Park City, Utah, covering the event for Hollywood Dailies. They're also blogging the festival. In their first reports, we hear about their interviews with the stars of The Guard and The Ledge. read Steve's and Jeremy's Sundance updates >> Posted 01.21.11 by reelz
The cast of writer-director James Gunn's labor of love Super, currently in production in Louisiana, has been filled out with the addition of 11 more cast members. According to ComingSoon, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, and nine others join Rainn Wilson, Kevin Bacon, and Liv Tyler in the "super" hero movie. Nine of the 11 additions are actors that Gunn has worked with previously.
These are people I like and admire but with whom I also share common creative goals. It helps imbue Super with an uncommon life, warmth, and energy. Super is an act of love for all of us, and it's wonderful having the people I love the most helping me make it.
Described by Gunn as a "dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded" on his personal website, Super tells the story of a regular guy (Wilson) who becomes the costumed hero The Crimson Bolt to win back his wife (Tyler) from a drug dealer (Bacon). Fillion will portray the pop icon who inspires Frank's transformation from "zero" to "hero," while Cardellini will play a potential love interest. Posted 01.19.10 by BrentJS
Writer-director James Gunn has been developing his new picture, Super, for years and the final pieces of the pre-production puzzle are finally falling into place with the addition of another lead actor and a new producer. According to Screen Daily, Amanda Marshall of Ambush Entertainment has joined the production team and Kevin Bacon has signed on to star opposite Rainn Wilson.
Super tells the story of an ordinary man (Wilson) who puts on a superhero costume and goes out in search of the drug dealer (Bacon) who has charmed away his wife (Liv Tyler). First announced via his personal website back in September, Gunn said that Super is "not a spoof" of superhero movies, but rather a "dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded film" with themes of "love, violence, perseverance, and faith."
Gunn was recently quoted as saying that Bacon is the perfect actor for the role of Jacques, the drug dealer, because of his range.
Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak. We need to love Jacques even while he's doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.
Super will also star Ellen Page as Libby, a "kid sidekick" to Wilson's costumed alter-ego the Crimson Bolt. Posted 12.20.09 by BrentJS
Variety writes that Katie Holmes will replace Liv Tyler as the lead in the upcoming indie flick The Romantics. Tyler left the project for undisclosed reasons, and Holmes joins a cast that already includes Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood, and Adam Brody.
Its story involves eight friends who reunite for the wedding of Paquin's character, Lila. Both she and Holmes' character have a past with the groom, played by Josh Duhamel. Galt Niederhoffer is writing and directing from her own novel, which debuted last summer.
The Romantics begins shooting this week and is due out sometime in 2010. Posted 11.03.09 by reelz
When a genre is hot at the box office, there's bound to be a few spoof movies released in the hopes of cashing in on the trend. So it's no surprise that yet another comedic poke at superheroes is on its way to the big screen. Variety reported last night that Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, and Liv Tyler will team up for Super, a comedy about an average guy (Wilson) with no powers who dons a superhero costume after his wife (Tyler) falls under the spell of a drug dealer.
Shortly following the announcement, the writer and director of Super, James Gunn, updated his personal website to reflect the news.
I have never loved a screenplay more than Super and have been working on it for years. Rainn and I have been working together on the project for a few months now — Rainn will be playing the lead role of Frank D'Arbo who dresses up as a superhero called the Crimson Bolt; he's got no superpowers other than a pipe wrench.
This is not a wacky, over-the-top comedy. Super is a dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded film and I think Ted is just the guy to help us get it done right. Being that this is a low-budget, independent movie that takes a lot of risks, Rainn, Ted, and I didn't really expect to get big names for the other cast members — so you can imagine how shocked we were to get our first choices for the two female leads — Ellen Page and Liv Tyler! They're both amazing actresses and awesome people and I can't wait to work with them!! Liv will be playing Sarah, Frank's wife, who leaves him for a drug dealer, and Ellen will play the role of Libby, a young sociopath who dons a costume and forces herself into Frank's life as his "kid sidekick."
Gunn went on to say that Super will be "The Passion for rebels, oddballs, fanboys, and freaks everywhere." Production is expected to begin in December. Posted 09.11.09 by BrentJS
The Strangers, a surprise indie horror hit about a couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) terrorized in a remote house by masked, well, strangers, is getting a sequel.
Strangers writer/director Bryan Bertino will write the script, with French newcomer Laurent Briet helming the movie. The story of the sequel is being kept secret, but one can only guess that masks, strangers, and terror will be involved. A cast has not yet been named, though shooting begins this fall. Posted 07.28.09 by Ryan
Up for a little unholy fun after the family-friendly Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Spacemen? Posted 05.30.08 by reelz
We first got a look at The Strangers way back in July of 2007 at Comic-Con and it kind of took us by surprise. We see an awful lot of horror movies here at Reelz.com and very few are anything more than generic copycats of the latest horror trend. But The Strangers looked like it might have some potential to deliver legitimate, old-time scares instead of the torture porn bloodlust that has gotten so popular recently.
After endless delays, The Strangers finally hits screens today. So does it live up to the ultra-creepy trailer that first got fans pumped? Thomas Leupp has the full Strangers review to help you make your weekend viewing decision.
After spending an interminable time in studio limbo, the vacation home invasion horror flick The Strangers finally arrives in theaters on May 30th -- just in time to scare the bejesus out of prospective summer vacationers. Rogue Pictures (Universal's genre arm) just released some glossy new photos from the film along with a newly updated website.
Head over to our The Strangers movie page and click on the "Photos" tab for images of stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman in action as a pair of newlyweds tormented by psychotic pranksters. Posted 04.22.08 by reelz