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James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration

The writer and director of the original Saw and Insidious talk about working together. The background sound that starts about a minute in is serious drilling going on in an adjacent suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt hotel, a not entirely inappropriate, if unplanned, accompaniment to talking about a haunted house movie.

One Response to “James Wan & Leigh Whannel on Collaboration”

  1. Dear James, Leigh & Ray:

    Thank you for filming your video for Movie City News at Park Hyatt Chicago.

    I was hoping that the noise in the background could be used as a sound effect for Saw VII. In all seriousness, please accept our sincere apologies for not exceeding your expectations during your recent stay with us.

    I have shared the details of your experience with our executive committee, and have taken immediate action to focus our hotel efforts in providing the best service our guests are accustomed to.

    I am excited to inform you that a similar occurrence will not reoccur, as our renovations will be complete in June 2011 when we re-introduce the entire seventh floor, including a refreshed NoMI and a new Spa concept.

    We value your business and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

    All my best,

    Lynne Bredfeldt
    Director of Public Relations
    Park Hyatt Chicago

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch