Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape How Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Made Josh Brolin's 'No Country For Old Men' Audition Tape 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way 'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Josh Brolin Says He's Starring With Jessica Chastain In A Movie About George Jones & Tammy Wynette Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior George Miller Says He Originally Wanted The Music In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Only Come From The Doof Warrior Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Stephen King Says Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "Like A Big, Beautiful Cadillac With No Engine Inside It" Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Review: Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, And More Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Naomi Watts Confirmed For David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival; Tom Sizemore Joins Cast Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video Watch: Quentin Tarantino Talks 5 Movies To Watch Before 'The Hateful Eight' In 7-Minute Video SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big SAG Award Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Ensemble, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba & Brie Larson Also Score Big Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor Review: ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton & Ewan McGregor The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More Terry Gilliam Talks The "Simplistic" Films Of Steven Spielberg, Dumbing Down Of Audiences, 'Don Quixote' Start Date & More

Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral,' 'Replicas,' Diego Luna's 'Chavez' & Studio Ghibli's 'From Up On Poppy Hill' Find Homes

The Playlist By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist June 7, 2012 at 11:40AM

From a freaky directorial debut to an indie thriller to a true story about a labor activist and a new Miyazaki film, here’s a round-up of movies that have secured distribution...
1
Antiviral Replicas Diego Luna From Up On Poppy Hill

From a freaky directorial debut to an indie thriller to a true story about a labor activist and a new Miyazaki film, here’s a round-up of movies that have secured distribution...

David Cronenberg's son Brandon Cronenberg proudly stepped into his own as a filmmaker, premiering his feature-length debut "Antiviral" at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon and Malcolm McDowell, the film is a full on body horror freak fest that, while a bit uneven, will nonetheless fill your creep quota. The story takes place in a near future in which celebrity obsession has leaped to the next level, where fans infect themselves with the diseases of their favorite stars. Jones plays a worker at a clinic who also deals in black market viruses but gets caught up in a scheme that could cost him his life. IFC Midnight recently scooped up the rights, which seems like the perfect home for the film. [THR]

Meanwhile, the shingle has also picked up the rights to the home invasion thriller “Replicas.” The film, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (read our review here), centers on the Hughes family who has their cottage vacation violently interrupted by a neighboring family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the “perfect” life. [Deadline]

All North American rights to Diego Luna’s next directorial effort “Chavez” have been bought by Participant Media. The film is based on the true story of the Latino labor activist Cesar E. Chavez (Michael Peña) who organized the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California. Keir Pearson, no stranger to real-life drama as the scribe behind “Hotel Rwanda,” has penned the script for the film, which stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Wes Bentley, Michael Cudlitz and Gabriel Mann. [Deadline]

The latest release from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, “From Up On Poppy Hill,” now has North American distribution courtesy of the New York-based indie animation distributor GKids. The film, written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki, is set in Yokohama in 1963 and centers on a high school couple’s innocent love and the secrets surrounding their births. The story takes place in a Japan that is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the new generation struggles to embrace modernity and throw off the shackles of a troubled past. The film also boasts a 1960’s pop soundtrack. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are executive producing the English-language version.

This article is related to: IFC Midnight, Antiviral, Replicas, Cesar Chavez , Participant Media, From Up On Poppy Hill, GKIDS


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates