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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.

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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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.

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.

BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 7: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Ida,' 'Grand Piano' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2013 10:25 AM
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At this point it's more notable when the Coen Brothers make a film that's disappointing than when they make an excellent one: the filmmakers have one of the highest hit rates in the business, and aside from a spotty period in the mid '00s, they've generally gone from great film to great film. That said, some of their most recent films I haven't entirely clicked with: "Burn After Reading" was fun, but feels minor in retrospect, while "True Grit" was uncharacteristically straightforward and old-fashioned in the context of some of their more gonzo affairs. But as you might have heard, "Inside Llewyn Davis" [A] sees them right back on top again, with the film likely to settle into the top tier of their work.

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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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.

John Cusack In Talks To Join Elijah Wood In 'Speed'-Esque Thriller 'Grand Piano'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 9:04 PM
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As far as ludicrous movie pitches go, the "'Speed' with a piano' logline for "Grand Piano" is up there with "Snakes On A Plane" and "Burning Bright" (don't remember "Burning Bright?" That was the one where the girl from "Step Up 2" and her autistic brother are trapped in their house by a hurricane, only to be stalked by an escaped tiger. Seriously). The film, announced a week or two back, is set to star Elijah Wood as a concert pianist with stagefright forced to play the concert of his life in order to save his life, and his wife, after finding a threat on his sheet music. Again, we're not making this up.

Elijah Wood Will Play 'Grand Piano' & Pierce Brosnan Joins 'The Coup' With Owen Wilson

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 2, 2012 11:40 AM
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Amid lots of “Fast & Furious 6” casting and speculation – Luke Evans? Really? – it’s nice to be able to report on some definitive (and high-profile) casting on a couple of upcoming movies. Pierce Brosnan and Elijah Wood have each lined up a new project, and we can tell you a little bit about those roles.

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