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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Burt Wonderstone' May Be 'The Call' For 'Spring Breakers' Everywhere

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 15, 2013 5:19 PM
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There's a certain sense of heightened and/or alternate reality pervading the theater releases this weekend. On the one hand, we have a film about magicians, professionals who create the illusion of having manipulated real world physics; plus, it takes place in Vegas, a city that, unto and of itself, is an entirely other universe. In the other corner is Harmony Korine's new picture, an exploitation flick where the Wizard of Oz leads the starlets of "High School Musical" in a coke-fueled game of Russian Roulette. And then, somewhere in the middle, "Little Miss Sunshine" gets kidnapped by a gasoline-hose-wielding sociopath.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Call' In Which Halle Berry Answers 911

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 12:44 PM
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Remember "Rescue 911"? In the era before the glut of reality shows, it was a precursor of sorts, a program that offered up re-enactments of real life situations and emergencies, all narrated and given gravitas by the show's host, William Shatner. And if you ever wondered what a big screen version of that might be, "The Call" seems to come pretty close.

Watch: Halle Berry Is A 911 Operator In Trailer For 'The Machinist' Director Brad Anderson's 'The Call'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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Okay, can we say that whatever good will Brad Anderson had from the (somewhat overrated) "The Machinist" has now officially evaporated? Since then, he's delivered "Transsiberian" and "Vanishing On 7th Street," but mostly worked in TV.  And now he has teamed up with WWE (yes, the wrestling company) for "The Call" (formerly "The Hive"). And it's a movie that looks so cheap, we're surprised it's getting a theatrical release.

Abigail Breslin To Tread Darker Paths Opposite Halle Berry In Brad Anderson's 'The Hive'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 22, 2012 11:46 AM
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It was a quiet 2011 for Abigail Breslin, having lent her voice to “Rango“ and pure name recognition to “New Years Eve,” but recently the young actress has lined up high-profile projects left and right, and we can now add Brad Anderson's “The Hive” to the list.

Halle Berry To Star In Brad Anderson's Call Center Thriller 'The Hive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 12:22 PM
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So has Halle Berry been struck with the Oscar curse, or just been making mostly bad choices? Ever since winning for "Monster's Ball" a decade ago, she did the franchise thing in "Die Another Day" and the 'X-Men' trilogy of films and between those, she lined up a string of stinkers including "Catwoman," "Gothika" and "Perfect Strangers." Her attempted return to Oscar a couple of years ago, "Frankie & Alice," barely got a release and while "Things We Lost In The Fire" was a brief return to something substantial, this spring she toplines the dreadful looking shark movie "Dark Tide." So a thriller that takes place in a call center? That's right up her alley these days it seems.

Guess They Saw 'Trespass': Joel Schumacher Replaced By 'Machinist' Director Brad Anderson On 'The Hive'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 8:59 AM
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Hot off the heels of delivering one of 2011's biggest turkeys, the almost-direct-to-video Nicolas Cage/Nicole Kidman home invasion thriller "Trespass," Joel Schumacher has been removed from the Troika Pictures' thriller "The Hive" and replaced by "The Machinist" helmer Brad Anderson, reports Variety. This should surprise exactly no one.

You've Been Warned: Joel Schumacher Directing 'The Hive' Penned By Guy Who Wrote 'Thir13en Ghosts'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2011 8:09 AM
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Director Joel Schumacher is going to keep making movies whether or not anybody wants to see them. While mainstream audiences probably remember his last outing, the silly conspiracy thriller "The Number 23," he's actually made two more movies since: the horror pic "Blood Creek" and the godawful teens 'n drugs movie "Twelve." Well, for better or worse, Schumacher is back.

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