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2014 SXSW Film Festival Midnight Lineup Includes 'The Guest,' 'Oculus' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 2:00 PM
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"The Guest"
With last month's Sundance Film Festival, and the forthcoming Berlin Film Festival presenting that lineups that mostly lean toward more serious fare, SXSW is something of a more playful cousin to those two. With a looser vibe, and a spirit that syncs with the warming weather than tends to put everyone in a better mood, and the Midnight screenings are where you'll want to be to let it all out.

Sundance Review: Adam Wingard's 'The Guest' Is A Thriller Throwback That's A Damn Good Time

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 20, 2014 4:04 PM
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"The Guest"
We open on a man jogging, glimpsing him only from behind. Though we can’t see his face, we can see he jogs with purpose. Then, a title card slams down over a blaring synth with '70s “The Exorcist”-style lettering, and moments later we fade in on a field with a scarecrow wearing a gigantic pumpkin head grin. In the space of about 60 seconds, “You’re Next” filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have already announced their mission statement: a mysterious stranger, an unstoppable force and a Halloween setting signal to the audience (pretty much anyone who grew up in the VHS era), you are about to have a damn good time. A concept hatched after an accidental double-feature of “The Terminator” and “Halloween,” “The Guest” is the perfect synthesis of Cameron, Carpenter and Cannon [Films] and one of the most fun films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is An 'Honorable Woman,' Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins 2 Movies & More

  • By Jason Guimaron
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  • July 3, 2013 10:27 AM
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The past week or so has seen a number of notable actresses line up some choice projects, so here's a little recap of what's been going on around town....

‘Downton Abbey’-Related News: Dan Stevens Joins ‘The Guest,’ Sophie McShera In Talks For ‘Cinderella’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 12, 2013 5:42 PM
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We’ve got some casting news for you “Downton Abbey” fans (and no, it doesn’t include Diddy). Two of your favorite characters, from both upstairs and downstairs, have booked some other gigs outside of Yorkshire.

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