November 30, 2009

Ghost House Pictures To Produce Alien Invasion Film

Variety Reports that Ghost House Pictures Will Produce Alien Invasion Film...

Raimi will produce with Ghost House partner Tapert, with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison also to be involved in producing capacities. Kahane will exec produce.

That an unknown could put himself on the map by placing his film on the Internet shows how much the Hollywood landscape is changing and how hungry financiers and studios are to find a filmmaker who may deliver the next "Paranormal Activity," "District 9" or "Twilight."

While the Thanksgiving weekend results for star-driven films like "The Blind Side" with Sandra Bullock show that name talent is still key, Alvarez's short conjured up a high-concept, visually intriguing pic that can be made for a small budget with no gross players by a filmmaker who can plug into a youthful demographic.

Ghost House deal gives Alvarez the opportunity to make his Hollywood debut that is godfathered by Raimi in a mentoring role similar to the one that Peter Jackson played in Neill Blomkamp's directing debut on "District 9," an under-$30 million film that's grossed over $180 million worldwide.



November 1, 2009

Rob Tapert Article - West Side Story!

Canvas Magazine (the New Zealand Herald magazine supplement) had a great article about Rob and his contribution for the filming industry in Auckland. Check out the article which features mentions of Lucy, Xena, Legend of the Seeker and of course Spartacus Blood and Sand:

Canvas Magazine - 31 October 2009
West Side Story

While most Auckland businesses have spent the past year with the recession blues, the city's film production industry — our so-called Westywood — has been quietly prospering, partly thanks to the man who gave us Hercules and Xena. But, as GREG DIXON finds, the industry is short of space for future growth

IN SHOWBIZ, glamour is just another special effect. On-screen and on the red carpet, the business is one of alluring fantasies and luminous stars. Off-screen — in, say, a warehouse in Auckland's drab, industrial suburb of Mt Wellington on a wet October morning — film and telly look much like factory work.

American TV producer Rob Tapert is walking me — at speed — through a soundstage converted from this particular warehouse, one where he's shooting parts of his latest TV fantasy series, the sword, sand and sex epic Spartacus. I am, apparently, the first New Zealand journalist to get this tour. And while I was grateful to Tapert — the guy behind Hercules and Xena and husband of Lucy Lawless — for bothering to make the time, it is, as one often finds on film and television sets, rather less fun than you imagine.

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Support Marissa Members of the AUSXIP Talking Xena message forum submitted questions for Rob and they were sent to him. Rob graciously agreed to answer the majority of the questions which were fantastic and very informative, humorous and very enlightening. It's not often you get such an indepth interview from a Holllywood producer. Sit back and enjoy one of the best interviews with Rob Tapert.

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