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Director Dan Trachtenberg discusses 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 saw the Blu-ray/DVD release of the J.J. Abrams-produced 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. Rather than a direct follow-up to the 2008 hit sci-fi/horror film, CLOVERFIELD, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is a spiritual sequel that relies on vibe, atmosphere and originality to make its connection.

In 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is trapped in a bunker with two strangers, Howard (John Goodman) and Emmett (John Gallagher, Jr.) following what may have been a horrible event in the outside world. The three form a makeshift family unit until suspicions about what’s true and what’s not beginning to tear at them.

I had the chance to talk to first-time director Dan Trachtenberg about casting 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, what surprised him most and more. Be warned: there will be SPOILERS in this interview.

Andy Burns: Why was 10 Cloverfield Lane the right film for you to make your big-screen directing debut with?

Dan Trachtenberg: I love movies that combine genres. I love when something is more than just one thing. Jaws is my favourite movie of all time. I never label Jaws as a horror movie. When it’s scary, it’s terrifying. When it’s funny, it’s hilarious. When there’s drama, it’s the most sincere stuff on screen. And when there’s adventure, there’s swashbuckle. It’s got all of those things, and I always hoped to make something that can be on those terms and play to many different genres. When I read the script I was really struck by how tense it was, and by how funny it could become and by how satisfying it was in the end. And how new it was. That ending, I knew it would be devisive, I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, but I knew for some it would be an incredible experience to have it.

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Marie Gilbert’s Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

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I never got to see the first Cloverfield film in the Cloverfield franchise, but I’m not a big fan of “found footage” types of film; they give me motion sickness. That said I was excited to see the sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, which J.J. Abrams is quoted as saying is a spiritual successor. Did the second film live up to the hype? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Zootopia Edges Out Allegiant for the Box Office Race

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Glenn Walker here with the Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report to see how Editor-in-chief and Box Office Guru Andy Burns did with his Predictions from Thursday evening.  Andy absolutely nailed it this weekend, all his predictions on mark within a few million dollars or so. His predictions for Zootopia in first place, The Divergent Series: Allegiant as a strong second, and Miracles from Heaven and 10 Cloverfield Lane taking third and fourth, with the merc with a mouth, Deadpool still rocking the theaters in fifth place. We’ll take a deeper look at the numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump.

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Gobbledygeek: The Air Up There

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Paul and AJ take a look at 10 Cloverfield Lane. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Bitter Guy on 10 Cloverfield Lane (no spoilers!)

The first Cloverfield was sort of JJ Abrams Mystery Box ethos writ large. Inspired by a visit to Japan to create an American Kaiju tale, it very strongly reflected the times, filmed in a found footage format and featuring a horde of bystanders shooting pictures on their phones of  the disembodied head of the Statue of Liberty.

The film was previewed in front of the first Transformers film, but few details were released.  The film came out the following January and was a moderate box office and critical success.

The first film took the characters on a harrowing voyage across New York to rescue one of their friends in the midst of a giant monster attack. So what does this new claustrophobic thriller have to do with the prior film? Find out after the jump (no spoilers)!

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Zootopia Is Still the Tops at the Box Office

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Editor-in-chief and Box Office Guru Andy Burns is a bit under the weather so, I’m back to finish up this weekend. Luckily I’ll just be reporting on what the box office was like, because we know how bad it gets when I make the predictions. Andy nailed it this weekend, suggesting Zootopia would maintain its top spot, with newcomer 10 Cloverfield Lane taking second with about half that, and Deadpool hanging on for third. We’ll take a deeper look at the numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump.

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Will audiences visit 10 Cloverfield Lane this weekend?

It’s a big weekend at the box office, as the sudden appearance of a spiritual successor to a hit science fiction film looks to take down last week’s number one. Can it do it? Here’s our prediction:

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New this week is 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and inspired/influenced by the 2008 hit film, Cloverfield. While it doesn’t take place in the same universe as the original, or feature any of the same characters, according to various reports, the vibe fits with the original so much that having Cloverfield in the title makes a certain amount of sense. How this will play out with audiences is the big question. Stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are solid hands, but neither can open a film, so the movie will rely on its tenuous connection to Cloverfield and solid reviews to make magic happen. Look for a second place debut for 10 Cloverfield Lane with $27 million ,which, with its lower budget, should be a solid number to start with.

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Trailer Time: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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While there had been much discussion about some sort of sequel to Cloverfield, the 2008 monster film from producer J.J. Abrams, today’s release of a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane comes as a surprise to virtually everyone. The movie, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, had been filming under the name Valencia, but its clear that was simply to keep us all in the dark.

Here’s the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, due out March 11th.

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