November 1, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Saw 3D Traps The Top Spot
The horror sequel Saw 3D became the fourth installment in the seven-film series to debut at number one and led a busy Halloween weekend at the North American box office. With no other movies opening in wide release, most holdovers in the top ten remained strong with three enjoying drops of less than 30%. The top ten generated the best showing over the Halloween or pre-Halloween frame in six years thanks in part to a pair of 3D sequels in the top five charging higher ticket prices.
October 20, 2009
See Saw with Alex, Day 4: Saw IV
Suspecting they would have large significance in later sequels, I yesterday refrained from commenting on Saw III's plethora of useless shots. The camera's fixation on Agent Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), barely above a bit player in part three. Amanda reading a letter. Jigsaw pouring candle wax on a tape. All of these are meant to clue us in to later events in the series, but taking Saw III as a standalone movie (a test that, I believe, all movie sequels have a responsibility to meet), these moments were just dead weight that contributed to an already slow, putrid movie.
March 5, 2008
Scott Patterson Talks Saw V
These days, Scott Patterson is known to fans of the CW's Aliens in America as the perpetually befuddled Gary Tolchuck -- but those of you who remember him as Agent Strahm in Saw IV needn't worry: He'll be back for Saw V.
February 19, 2008
Weinsteins' Hellraiser Remake Has Its Writers
Hollywood's never-ending remake party had to take a brief hiatus during the writers' strike, but now that the lights are back on in Tinseltown, studios are moving forward with their plans to reboot all the franchises you know and love...like Clive Barker's Hellraiser, for instance.
January 21, 2008
RT on DVD: Saw IV, The Game Plan, Sydney White Are Here
The good news: a slew of new releases await you this week on video shelves! The bad news: woefully few of them are Fresh. That said, you've got your pick of twisted horror (Saw IV), harmless star-driven comedy (The Game Plan, Sydney White), French period romance (Moliere), and more. Choose wisely!
November 30, 2007
Tobin Bell Previews Saw V Surprises
Saw IV continues to answer questions about Jigsaw, even though Jigsaw himself is dead. It turns out one movie is not enough to tie up all the remaining loose ends, so actor Tobin Bell is still looking ahead to what Saw V and VI might reveal about Saw staples like Billy the puppet and the tricycle he rides.
November 9, 2007
Ending Already Written for Saw V
The biggest thrills of the Saw movies are their surprise endings, which seem to keep audiences guessing even more than M. Night Shyamalan's latest creations. That's why the producers of the Saw sequels are starting there and working backwards.
November 7, 2007
Saw V Still On Track for 2008
Saw IV is the fourth Saw film in as many years. After reports that the Saw franchise would finally take a year off, producer Mark Burg countered that he's still aiming for October 2008 to unleash Saw V.
October 28, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Fourth Saw Pic Generates $32M Debut
For the third straight year, the weekend before Halloween was ruled by a $30M+ opening from the Saw franchise proving that the horror series is still the top choice for those looking for a scare. While Saw IV debuted at number one with a brutal box office bow, the romantic dramedy Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell opened impressively in second place.
October 25, 2007
Critical Consensus: Life Has Its Ups And Downs, Darjeeling Is Transporting
This week at the movies we have a lovelorn single dad (Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche), brothers on a train (The Darjeeling Limited, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, and the return of Jigsaw (Saw IV, starring Tobin Bell and Scott Patterson). What do the critics have to say?
September 24, 2007
Exclusive: Alexa Vega To Videocast from the Repo! Set
Wondering how Darren Lynn Bousman's sci-fi opera will look? Curious to see Paris Hilton cavorting around on set? You might get all that and more, Alexa Vega promises, with her behind-the-scenes video blogs from the set of Repo! The Genetic Opera.
September 14, 2007
Trailer Bulletin: Saw IV
Can't wait for October 26 to get a look at the grisly goings-on in Saw IV? You're in luck: the fall's goriest sequel has debuted a new teaser trailer online!
September 8, 2007
...In Which RT Stumps Saw IV's Darren Lynn Bousman
Thursday night RT posed a tough question to director Darren Lynn Bousman when he stopped by Toronto's Brant House for a Saw IV soiree. What question, pray tell, was thorny enough to stump the man who brought the world such intricate, deadly traps as the Venus Flytrap iron maiden and a pit full of dirty, used syringes?
September 7, 2007
TIFF Blog: Why Toronto Is Hot, Roger Ebert, Lust, Caution, and Darren Lynn Bousman
The weather forecast for tomorrow in sunny Toronto, Ontario is 90 degrees with about a billion percent humidity, so it is from only the most devoted reaches of our Tomato-strewn hearts that we sludge through the heat to report from the Toronto Film Festival. (Overheard today: "I feel like there's a warm fog blanketing my skin." Gross.)
September 1, 2007
Scott Patterson Improvises Saw IV
The Saw movies are so tightly structured to set up all their plot twists, it does not seem like there would be any room for improvisation. But actor Scott Patterson, who joins the franchise in Saw IV, gave the filmmakers some of his own material to work with.
August 16, 2007
Photo Gallery Update Extravaganza! I Am Legend, Saw IV, and More!
A memorable summer comes to an end and studios are now in the finalizing stages of their fall release schedule. But you know what that means for us right now: new pictures. Lots of 'em! Think autumn movies are just stuffy Oscar bait? We've got the vampires, comedies, torture porn, and British Invasion tunes to prove you otherwise.
August 10, 2007
Saw IV's First Five Minutes Are Online!
If you've got a thirst for cinematic gore that just can't wait to be slaked until October 26, IESB has some good news for you -- the first five minutes of Saw IV, recently shown to Comic-Con attendees, have made their way online!
July 30, 2007
Paris Hilton Joins Bousman's Rock Opera
Remember how "Saw" sequel maker Darren Lynn Bousman signed a deal to do a musical called "Repo! The Genetic Opera"? Yeah, for Lionsgate. And you'll never guess who he just cast in a singing role.
July 26, 2007
Comic-Con Packs it in for Preview Night
The unofficial start of the four-day nerd-off that is Comic-Con International really began Wednesday evening, when doors opened to packed crowds at 6pm and filled the monstrous exhibition hall with the usual shoulder-to-shoulder traffic -- and the con hadn't even really begun.
July 26, 2007
Jigsaw Weighs in on the First Saw 4 Poster
If there's one thing Lionsgate is known for, it's the mad marketing skills where their horror flicks are concerned. Needless to say, the promotional goodies for the third "Saw" sequel are no exception.
July 19, 2007
Director Locked Up for Saw 5 and Saw 6
Back when the "Saw" producers were looking for someone to helm the third sequel, production designer David Hackl was #1 on their list -- until Darren Lynn Bousman came back. But the guy may get his chance yet.
July 18, 2007
Wahlberg Upset Over Saw IV Cameo
Most actors are happy when they get asked back to a role. Not Donnie Wahlberg. Though left for dead at the end of Saw II, he was granted more screen time in Saw III. That seemed to be the end, but it looks like there's more Wahlberg in Saw IV.
July 2, 2007
No Tricks With Jigsaw's Fate In "Saw IV"...(Spoiler Alert)
The filmmakers behind "Saw IV" promise not to cheat the fans who stuck by the first three. Though their main killer, Jigsaw, perished at the end of "Saw III," actor Tobin Bell remains in "Saw IV." And producer Mark Burg promises that they're not pulling a soap opera twist.
July 1, 2007
Jigsaw Meets New Victims in "Saw IV"
The creepiest moments of "Saw" films are when Jigsaw explains his diabolical tasks to his victims. Yeah, seeing people getting ripped apart is cringe-inducing, but we want to see some more of that banter. Actor Tobin Bell promises more verbal sparring with the new victims in "Saw IV."
June 28, 2007
That Appetizing "Saw IV" Poster...is Fake!
Remember that "Saw IV" poster that came out last week with all the blood on the dinner plate? That's not the "Saw IV" poster. That was an invitation to a dinner party where the filmmakers gave their first Saw IV interviews.
June 25, 2007
Another Killer Ending for "Saw IV"
"Saw IV" continues to surprise its fans. After the twist ending of the original, you'd think we'd be onto their game, but "Saw II" still pulled the rug out from millions of fans. "Saw III" went with a more emotional revelation in the end, but "Saw IV" promises to be back to the shocker, says director Darren Lynn Bousman.
June 14, 2007
Wan Protects "Saw IV"
James Wan directed the original "Saw," then turned the sequels over to Darren Lynn Bousman. His partner, Leigh Whannell, continued to write the scripts.
April 9, 2007
First Cast Member Claimed for "Saw 4" Duty
Since I've only seen maybe 1.6 hours of "The Gilmore Girls" in my lifetime, I have no idea who this guy is, but we're being told that actor Scott Patterson has been cast in a central role in Darren Lynn Bousman's third "Saw" movie, the appropriately titled "Saw 4."
March 15, 2007
New Writers Onboard, But "Saw IV" Still Promises Surprises -- And Jigsaw
After the success of "Saw III," the producers once again rushed a sequel into production. "Saw IV" is due out this October and creator/executive producer Leigh Whannell promises the franchise hasn't run out of surprises. Though there are plenty of rumors about how to handle Jigsaw's fate at the end of "Saw III," Whannell assures us that they won't do something lame.
March 1, 2007
"Saw" Maker to Tackle "Scanners" Remake
Darren Lynn Bousman, director of "Saw 2," "Saw 3," and the upcoming "Saw 4," will soon be helming a remake of David Cronenberg's "Scanners" for Dimension Films. They also signed a pretty good screenwriter for the gig...
February 21, 2007
Bousman Gears Up for His Third "Saw" Fest
Not too long ago director Darren Lynn Bousman said he was saying goodbye to the "Saw" franchise, but with the clock running out on pre-production on "Saw 4," he ultimately accepted a third invitation to the director's chair.
January 22, 2007
"Saw" Director James Wan Talks "Saw IV"
Writer/director James Wan is prepping for the big-screen debut of his latest project, "Dead Silence," on March 23 -- but since he's also part of the creative engine driving the "Saw" franchise, that prepping involves answering a bunch of questions about this year's "Saw IV," expected in October.