Kyra Sedgwick

Vincent D Onofrio in CHLORINE

The recent popularity of independent films in popular cinema has led to an unbearable reliance on certain indie “tropes,” in which the same characters, themes, and especially music genres, seem to be used again and again. While viewers once may have sought out indie films precisely because they avoid the cliches and common themes of mainstream films, the indie genre itself has become so pervasive that it now has its own hackneyed patterns. This reliance can be evidenced in Jay Alaimo‘s Chlorine. Vincent D’Onofrio and Kyra Sedgwick star as a New England husband and wife who are struggling to define themselves and fit in with their upper-class friends and neighbors. Desperation and the desire to provide for their two children who they are slowly losing pushes the couple into a bad real estate deal, intermingling them with a supporting cast of shady characters. Chlorine opens with teenaged Cynthia at a swim meet getting her period for the first time, an introduction that practically screams, “this is a coming-of-age story.” The life guard sees blood and panics. The transparency here adequately represents the rest of the film. Carried by stereotypical characters and driven by overt stylization, Chlorine is like an indie caricature that doesn’t realize it’s just a wonky drawing.

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Kyra Sedgwick

What is Casting Couch? Today, it’s welcoming TV’s Kyra Sedgwick back to the big screen. In recent years, Kyra Sedgwick has had a cushy gig going as the lead of TNT’s The Closer, but now that the series is coming to an end, it’s time for her to get back out there and score some gigs in the film world; and a report from Variety suggests that this is just what she’s doing. The latest feature that she’s signed up for comes from first-time feature director but long-time Terrence Malick collaborator Batan Silva, and it’s an indie sci-fi flick called Rays of Light. Word has it that Sedgwick will be playing the matriarch of a family who’s trying to survive in their estate house after the dying of the sun. Good lord, that’s got to be a metaphor for something.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s ready for the weekend. Colin Firth is kind of a sneaky hunk. At first glance he’s pretty handsome, but not the most attractive dude in the world, and then he’s got this charm to him that just grows on you until you’ve scrawled his name on all of your Trapper Keepers. He’s such saucy dish that it looks like he can make even a big name star like Nicole Kidman develop a schoolgirl crush. THR is reporting that she liked playing his wife in the recent World War II drama The Railway Man so much that she’s now actively recruiting him to join her in her next project, Before I Go to Sleep. Apparently, Before I Go to Sleep is an adaptation of a S.J. Watson novel about an amnesiac woman whose husband must reintroduce himself to her every morning. Early attempts at titling the film The Rich Man’s 50 First Dates were reportedly rejected by the studio.

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By now, audiences should be burnt out on horror films that promise that they’re based on true events – after all, whoever heard about this stuff before it hit the big screen? However, Ole Bornedel‘s The Possession actually has a news article to back it up! And one from the Los Angeles Times to boot! Based on the article “Jinx in a Box,” the formerly titled Dibbuk Box centers on a young girl who buys a creepy box at a yard sale, plunders its weird little treasures inside, and finds herself possessed by one angry spirit. The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport and Natasha Calis, and it looks scary as all get-out. Perhaps even scarier than actually going to a yard sale (shudder). The film’s first trailer is a solid one, and though it comes complete with some standard horror film shots (flying things! gasping! dark shadows! religious figures who cannot help! sudden car accidents!), it also has some nifty surprises and one hell of a final shot. Check it out for yourself, if you’re not too afraid:

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Neveldine and Taylor, the brains behind the ‘Crank’ series, exchange Jason Statham for Gerard Butler in the future but they’ve made a slightly more intelligent version of the same movie.

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