Today on indieWIRE James Wan dishes on his love of horror films, “Source Code” generates Oscar buzz and “Hanna” continues to charm the critics.
James Wan Defends Scary Movies
Known for launching the seminal torture porn series “Saw,” director James Wan sat down with indieWIRE to discuss his latest horror outing, “Insidious,” and why he enjoys scaring the hell out of audiences. “I always find that the horror filmmakers I’ve met turn out to be the nicest people,” enthused Wan. “You put the things that scare you up on the screen so it’s not in your real life.”
Five Projects to Champion
indieWIRE used its weekly in-production column to spotlight five projects worthy of success, including an untitled ACT UP documentary, three films from IndieGoGo and a Kickstarter campaign from the Wallabout Film Festival.
Oscar Buzz for “Source Code”?
Is “Source Code” an Oscar-worthy film? Spout seemed to think so, at least when it comes to actor Jeffrey Wright and a performance that is earning comparisons to Brad Pitt’s groundbreaking turn in “12 Monkeys.”
More Early Praise for “Hanna”
Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana’s fight for survival in Joe Wright’s upcoming “Hanna” has gained heaps of praise in early reviews. Thompson on Hollywood rounded up some of the most flattering comments from the likes of Caryn James, Justin Chang, Todd McCarthy and Drew McWeeny.
Acquisitions and Deals
“Mad Men” Money Trouble
Speaking of business deals, AMC’s critical darling “Mad Men” became the center of gossip this week as budget disputes pitted creator Matthew Weiner against the network and pushed the fifth season to 2012. Thompson on Hollywood offered an analysis of the roll of advertising in this monetary mess.
Speaking of a Mess
Check out the just-released poster for the PG-13 cut of “The King’s Speech.” Yikes!