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Fantasia Review: ‘Open Windows’ Starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • July 23, 2014 2:04 PM
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Open Windows
When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” everyone saw a potential new big name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how (and really, really want) to thrill you. But Nacho Vigalondo’s follow up “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was more of a whimper compared to the bang he started off with. This year, the hope is that his English language debut puts him back in gear. After a six year absence from the festival, Nacho Vigalondo is back at Fantasia to spook you into never looking at your computer screen the same way again, especially if there’s one too many windows open at the same time. To help him get an even bigger international boost, he’s got the support of an ex-porn star and an ex-hobbit. Unfortunately it feels like the rise keeps getting stunted because those who criticized "Timecrimes" for being a little muddled in its narrative, and "Extraterrestrial" all over the place in tone, will most likely feel carsick by the time “Open Windows” comes to a close.

Watch: Elijah Wood & Director Eugenio Mira Talk Thriller ‘Grand Piano’ In 50-Minute Q&A

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 5, 2014 5:08 PM
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The sustained cinematic tension seen in 2013’s offerings has carried over into the new year with Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano”, a high-concept thriller starring Elijah Wood as a concert pianist forced to deliver a flawless performance—or suffer fatal consequences. It’s a silly but gripping premise that first caught our attention at Fantastic Fest, and now you can hear the film’s director and star discuss its many facets.

Review: Riveting, Nimble & Elegant Thriller 'Grand Piano' Starring Elijah Wood & John Cusack

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 4, 2014 6:09 PM
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A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper with a secret agenda, director Eugenio Mira’s latest film breathlessly combines artistic anxiety and personal desperation, providing its character with a journey as intense emotionally as it is physically. In fact, probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made, “Grand Piano” expands the boundaries of single-location, real-time mysteries like “Phone Booth” and “Panic Room” with a brilliantly simple concept and nimble, elegant style.

Adam Sandler & Kevin James Team For 'Pixels,' Berenice Bejo Prepares For 'After The Storm' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:05 AM
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In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one — he might even worked with some pals he's worked with before.

Exclusive: The Audience Is In Control In Clip From Thriller 'Grand Piano' Starring Elijah Wood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 11:03 AM
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Grand Piano
On paper, the premise of "Grand Piano" might seem a little silly, following a famed a concert pianist, stricken with stage fright, who attempts to make a comeback after five years only to have an unseen assailant threaten his life if plays a single note wrong. But the result may be far more gripping than you might expect.

Aubrey Plaza Joins Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai,' Elijah Wood 'Sets Fire To The Stars' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 5:40 PM
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Tonight marks the 100th episode of "Parks and Recreation," and that won't be the only thing Aubrey Plaza will be celebrating. The actress, along with Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum, has joined "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp.

Watch: Elijah Wood Has To Play For His Life In First Trailer For Thriller 'Grand Piano'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 12:31 PM
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So, a concert pianist who's suffering from stage fright makes his comeback after a five-year hiatus with a concert, only to find a note on his sheet music, threatening his life if he plays a single note wrong. Such is the premise for "Grand Piano," an upcoming thriller starring Elijah Wood. But lest you think this is a genre exercise without a brain, guess again.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Direct & Star In ‘Sandman’; Leads U.S. Voice Cast Of ‘The Wind Rises’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 17, 2013 9:17 AM
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While certainly not without its problems, “Don Jon” proved a major effort from its director and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt this year, first gaining acclaim at Sundance before making its way to theatres in September. His directing skills were the main takeaway from the experience though, and they haven’t gone unnoticed: news comes today that Levitt may be attached to a considerable leap in material for his sophomore feature, and also that he’s to lead the U.S. cast in the final film from the master of Japanese animation.

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Grand Piano’ Starring Elijah Wood Is Like The Best Brian De Palma Movie He Never Made

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 25, 2013 2:26 PM
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‘Grand Piano'
A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper with a secret agenda, director Eugenio Mira’s latest film breathlessly combines artistic anxiety and personal desperation, providing its character with a journey as intense emotionally as it is physically. In fact, probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made, “Grand Piano” expands the boundaries of single-location, real-time mysteries like “Phone Booth” and “Panic Room” with a brilliantly simple concept and nimble, elegant style.

Watch: Elijah Wood Tries To Log On With Porn Star Sasha Grey In Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's 'Open Windows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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It seems every few months comes another movie about celebrity obsession and/or the perils of being on the internet, and very few have anything original to say. Which brings us to "Open Windows," an upcoming thriller that looks like a remake of "Getaway" with a laptop instead of a car.

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