Film Review: Smiley (2012)

Film Review: Smiley (2012)

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named SMILEY can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley’s next victim. REVIEW: SYNOPSIS: I did it for the lulz I did it for the lulz I did it for the […]

Be the Link Campaign Raises Awareness for Hiv/aids

Be the Link Campaign Raises Awareness for Hiv/aids

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

The Be The Link Campaign is the first of its kind to raise awareness for HIV and AIDs, visually linking 250 influential people in a voice of unity. The goal is to destroy the stigma surrounding the disease and to highlight the need for access to HIV treatment for those who need it. … New […]

Campaign to unite in the fight.

Campaign to unite in the fight.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Although HIV infection is completely preventable,  every 9½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with the virus. That person could be you ­ or someone you know – your brother, sister, father, mother, friend, co-worker, or neighbor. It is important for everyone to get the facts, talk about HIV/AIDS with partners and loved […]

Cortes puts a stop to the paranormal in ‘Red Lights’

Cortes puts a stop to the paranormal in ‘Red Lights’

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

The scene in the darkened seance room at the Magic Castle clubhouse for magicians quickly takes a drastic turn for the weird.  Mysterious organ music hits a frenzied crescendo over the sounds of disembodied voices as a large black table rises off the ground.  In the Victorian-decorated chamber, it seems to float in the air. […]

“Sundance 2012: Who Bought What”

“Sundance 2012: Who Bought What”

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Seven Days of Deals  

“Do You Believe In Psychics? Check Out The Trailer For Red Lights!”

“Do You Believe In Psychics? Check Out The Trailer For Red Lights!”

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“WOW! We have never seen Robert De Niro quite like this! Check out the theatrical trailer for Red Lights, which stars the actor as a legendary psychic who reappears after a 30 year absence and attracts the attention of two paranormal hoax investigators, played by Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy (above)! As you can imagine, […]

“Five Things to Know About the Sundance Film Festival—Besides That It Starts Today!”

“Five Things to Know About the Sundance Film Festival—Besides That It Starts Today!”

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“It is never too early in the year to start talking about next year’s Oscar race or the newest, hottest face on the planet. We’re smack in the middle of the best-of-2011 awards season, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today (and runs till Jan. 29) in Park City, Utah, and there is so […]

Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and director Rodrigo Cortes discuss the new thriller ‘Red Lights.’
“Sundance Review: ‘Red Lights’ Invites You To Stop, Look & Listen”

“Sundance Review: ‘Red Lights’ Invites You To Stop, Look & Listen”

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

What you see, you can’t believe. What you can’t understand, though, can ultimately be explained. This is the modus operandi for Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), parapsychologists primarily interested in debunking supernatural phenomena. “When I see hoof prints,” she says, “I think of horses, not unicorns.” They work out of […]

“2012 Sundance acquisition roundup: Robots, phone sex workers, virgin poets and more”

“2012 Sundance acquisition roundup: Robots, phone sex workers, virgin poets and more”

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

The big pick-ups at Sundance 2012 At the bustling Sundance Film Festival, it’s hard to keep up with acquisition news, so we’ve devised this handy guide to remind you which film went where. Some of 2012’s big pick-ups include the Robert De Niro film “Red Lights,” the femme-centric thriller “Black Rock,” Bradley Cooper in “The Words,” […]

“Sanity prevails at busy Sundance 2012”

“Sanity prevails at busy Sundance 2012”

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

‘Docile approach’ proves good for biz after wild 2011 Everyone has been keeping their cool, meaning the right films have been going to the right distributors for the right price at Sundance. The consensus at this year’s fest is that sanity has prevailed, with buyers taking care not to overspend and sellers waiting to carefully […]

“Robot Revs Dance Deals”
“Millennium Entertainment turns on ‘Red Lights’ “

“Millennium Entertainment turns on ‘Red Lights’ “

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Bill Lee’s shingle will distrib the De Niro starre PARK CITY, Utah — Millennium Entertainment has “Red Lights” in its sights, as CEO Bill Lee’s distribution company has closed a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Rodrigo Cortes’ paranormal thriller. The twisting psychological thriller from the director of “Buried” premiered Friday night at the jam-packed […]

Do you believe in ghosts?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Before the premiere of “Red Lights,” a movie about paranormal activity, we asked the cast to tell us their thoughts about the metaphysical world. Did your thoughts on paranormal activity change after working on this film? Actor Cillian Murphy: “I guess I had more of an insight, definitely. I read a lot of material on […]

Sundance 2012: ‘Red Lights’

Sundance 2012: ‘Red Lights’

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in News & Reviews, Reviews | No Comments

After my interview with Rodrigo Cortés’ Red Lights executive producer Cindy Cowan, I was eagerly anticipating this world premiere that had an all-star cast including Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Olsen, and Toby Jones. Click through for the review. Red Lights is a Sundance film with a lot of mystery surrounding it, and […]

Sundance 2012 Review: RED LIGHTS, from the Director of BURIED

Sundance 2012 Review: RED LIGHTS, from the Director of BURIED

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in News & Reviews, Reviews | No Comments

Director Rodrigo Cortes lit Sundance 2010 on fire with Buried, and two years later, he’s back with another thriller – one with a much more expanded scope. Red Lights follows veteran paranormal expert Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they track strange cases around the country, proving them all […]

Sundance 2012: The 10 Most-Anticipated Films

Sundance 2012: The 10 Most-Anticipated Films

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ and ‘Red Lights,’ starring Robert De Niro, are among the movies we can’t wait to see. With so many films making their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, it can be a dizzying task deciding which movies to keep an eye out for later in the year and which […]

"Sundance opens with eye on broken American dreams"
“Picked up Variety’s target titles”

“Picked up Variety’s target titles”

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“Red Lights” “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes returns to Sundance with a paranormal thriller that reportedly bucks the genre. (UTA) Chicago Tribune via Variety

“Sundance Film Festival 2012’s most anticipated movies”

“Sundance Film Festival 2012’s most anticipated movies”

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

‘Red Lights’ Want to talk about buzz-worthy?  How about a cast featuring Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Tobey Jones and Craig Roberts (“Submarine”) all under the talented eye of Rodrigo Cortés (“Buried”)?  This thriller about a psychiatrist investigating paranormal activity may feature Weaver’s best role in years and could easily be […]

“Sundance 2012: Six Story lines to watch”

“Sundance 2012: Six Story lines to watch”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“Red light, green light. Rodrigo Cortes had one of the most ballyhooed genre films at Sundance in recent years when “Buried,” the Ryan Reynolds-starrer about a man trapped in a coffin, premiered there two years ago. Cortes is back with another conceptual horror movie, a supernatural thriller called “Red Lights.” But will audiences get a […]

"Sundance forecast: Flurry of activity"
“Sundance Curtain Raiser”
Sundance 2012: Warming up

Sundance 2012: Warming up

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

I arrived in Park City last night for my eighth Sundance Festival since 2001, and my first since 2009 (credit my esteemed colleague Kyle Smith’s recent blessed event for keeping him home). While Park City doesn’t seem to have changed much — it was a gorgeous sight this morning with a couple of inches of […]

The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“No matter how many gifting suites, D-list “celebrities” and/or head-splitting parties the malevolent forces of modern commerce may stuff into the wintry idyll of Park City over the next week, we’ll always have the movies. And as usual, “we” also means studios and distributors with money to burn and release slates to fill. Let the […]

“Sundance 2012: The Twitch Team Raises the Curtain with Our 15 Top Picks”

“Sundance 2012: The Twitch Team Raises the Curtain with Our 15 Top Picks”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“Today is the big day! At last, the Sundance Film Festival kicks off this evening in an increasingly snowy Park City. Twitch has boots on the icy ground, ready to brave the cold and tell you everything there is to know about all the buzz-worthy titles you’ll see rolling out over the next year to […]

Sundance: Settling in as Redford declares the state of independent film ‘healthy’

Sundance: Settling in as Redford declares the state of independent film ‘healthy’

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Noobing my way through the Park City plunge PARK CITY – Being at Sundance is weird. Really weird. This time of year I’m home, where it’s safe to dive into the guild and other precursor announcements of the season without thinking about the scheduling of a film festival. But here I am, a first-timer amongst many pros […]

ComingSoon.net’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival Preview

ComingSoon.net’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival Preview

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

It’s that time of year again, when the cold weather starts hitting much of the country and everyone in Hollywood feels the need to get their taste of snow by traveling to Park City in Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. ComingSoon.net will be there again this year, attending lots of screenings, doing interviews […]

Fest “Films With Highest Wanna-see From Buyers: Mike Fleming On 2012 Sundance”

Fest “Films With Highest Wanna-see From Buyers: Mike Fleming On 2012 Sundance”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Here is the second part of my 2012 Sundance opener as the festival gets underway Thursday. The first part was : Deals Will Come But Film Buyers Wary Of Overpaying. Here are the Sundance films that have the highest wanna-see from buyers I spoke with: “… RED LIGHTS – Writer-Director: Rodrigo Cortés, Cast: Cillian Murphy, […]

“25 Sundance Films We’re Looking Forward To”

“25 Sundance Films We’re Looking Forward To”

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

15. RED LIGHTS The Category: Premieres The Sundance Synopsis: “Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become […]

“Sundance Filmmaker Preview: Cindy Cowan, Producer of Red Lights”

“Sundance Filmmaker Preview: Cindy Cowan, Producer of Red Lights”

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Producer Cindy Cowan wants you to know that virtually everyone else in the world is just as much in the dark about Red Lights as you and I are. The thinking person’s thriller, which debuts this week at Sundance, stars Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and current It Girl Elizabeth Olsen, so you might […]

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of “Red Lights”

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of “Red Lights”

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

So begins my coverage for the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to my esteemed editor-in-chief Andrew Ashari as well as the fine people in charge of accrediting reporters as official press for the festival, I have been honored to receive official press credentials to cover the festival. Over the course of the festival, I will hope […]

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of ‘Red Lights’

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of ‘Red Lights’

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

So begins my coverage for the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to my esteemed editor-in-chief Andrew Ashari as well as the fine people in charge of accrediting reporters as official press for the festival, I have been honored to receive official press credentials to cover the festival.  Over the course of the festival, I will hope […]

The Matthew Aaron Show – Cindy Cowan

The Matthew Aaron Show – Cindy Cowan

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Joining Matt LIVE from Detroit Coney Dog LA will be Cindy Cowan, Producer of the upcoming film Red Lights, which will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Olsen, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and is written/directed by Rodrigo Cortes (Buried.) Listen to the full podcast | The Matthew Aaron Show

“Sundance 2012 Preview: Premieres & Spotlight”

“Sundance 2012 Preview: Premieres & Spotlight”

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Our Park City Preview Week rolls on with more movies from Sundance. We’ve previously brought you a look at the dramatic competition films and the fest’s documentaries. Today we turn our attention to the big names taking center stage in the Premieres and Spotlight sections. Here’s a look at a few of the films that […]

“Advance buzz at Sundance? Experts reveal their favorites”

“Advance buzz at Sundance? Experts reveal their favorites”

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Buzz, the ever-elusive quality that makes or breaks a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, means different things to different people. For Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, who writes for BoxOffice magazine, it’s rating movies based on their marketability, and whether they will score a deal from distributors. (Her top three picks in that regard are the […]

Cindy Cowan Interview: Executive Producer Brings ‘Red Lights’ to Sundance

Cindy Cowan Interview: Executive Producer Brings ‘Red Lights’ to Sundance

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

It has been noted before that producing indie films—and then securing distribution for a movie and guiding it so it is seen before an appreciative audience—takes a special kind of dedication. And now, amidst razor thin margins and a film market that is in a state of flux, it takes a producer who understands the […]

By the Numbers: Producing Indie Films

By the Numbers: Producing Indie Films

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

As big budget filmmaking has gone through wholesale changes in the past 20 years, so has the way indie films are optioned, produced and ultimately marketed to the world at large. The evolution of the blockbuster mentality, which reared its head in the 1970s and had completely taken hold by the early 2000s, has changed […]

In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in CCE Press | No Comments

I often receive inquiries from around the world on how best to go about obtaining film financing. Projects come in all shapes and sizes – a wide array of genres, varying budgets and an assortment of experience levels. In every case, the biggest questions are: How do I put together financing for a movie? What […]

Sundance announces Premieres lineup

Sundance announces Premieres lineup

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Stephen Frears, Spike Lee pics to bow at fest; documentaries also announced Fifteen world-premiere titles from filmmakers including Stephen Frears, Julie Delpy and Spike Lee are set to screen next month in Sundance’s Premieres section, which, for the first time in recent memory, will feature not a single pic with distribution already in place. “It’s […]