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Cameron Diaz's box

Feb. 17, 2008by: Ben Barna
If Richard Kelly wants to work in this town again, he’s got some proving-himself to do. A hit film will only take you so far. Just ask Michael Cimino. He’s lucky the critical and financial disaster that was THE SOUTHLAND TALES didn’t completely derail his career, and that he’s got another shot at success with his next, more mainstream film THE BOX. The box in question is what you see below, and it is a stranger (Frank Langella) who brings it to Norma Lewis' (Diaz) front door, with an offer to her and her husband, played by the reliable James Marsden. Press the button on the box, and you will get the money needed to save your sick son. But elsewhere, someone else will die.

The story is based on a short tale by Richard Matheson (who wrote I AM LEGEND) called BUTTON,BUTTON. I have high hopes for this movie, and think that it will not only rescue Richard Kelly’s career, but Cameron Diaz’s too, because getting by on ass-shots and pratfalls can only take you so far.

Extra Tidbit: "My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility." -Richard Kelly on THE BOX.
Source: TwitchFilm

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1:21AM on 02/18/2008
Cameron Diaz is a step up from Mare Winningham. My guess is they'll play up the whole dying son plot and Frankie won't come in til 45 min into the movie with the box.
Cameron Diaz is a step up from Mare Winningham. My guess is they'll play up the whole dying son plot and Frankie won't come in til 45 min into the movie with the box.
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12:34AM on 02/18/2008
Vnqshr, don't bother purchasing the '80s version of "The Twilight Zone" on DVD. While some of the stories are surprisingly good, the DVDs themselves are, quite honestly, the worst quality I've ever seen (they look and sound as if someone found some old, degraded VHS copies from the '80s, and simply recorded those to DVD). Seriously, they're damn near unwatchable.
Vnqshr, don't bother purchasing the '80s version of "The Twilight Zone" on DVD. While some of the stories are surprisingly good, the DVDs themselves are, quite honestly, the worst quality I've ever seen (they look and sound as if someone found some old, degraded VHS copies from the '80s, and simply recorded those to DVD). Seriously, they're damn near unwatchable.
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11:54PM on 02/17/2008

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Damn you Barna, damn you! With that out of the way, it will be interesting to see what Kelly can do after Southland Tales.
Damn you Barna, damn you! With that out of the way, it will be interesting to see what Kelly can do after Southland Tales.
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11:12PM on 02/17/2008
i'm with shadowalker in that I have no idea how they'll be able to turn Matheson's short into a feature length film, especially one that keeps up the suspense and intrigue of Matheson's shorts throughout the film.

I also agree that Donnie Darko was slightly overrated, but it's still a heap better than a lot of the rubbish that comes out of Hollywood.
Although I'm yet to see Southland Tales, I'm still interested in this project, mainly due to the Matheson story, and despite the fact that
i'm with shadowalker in that I have no idea how they'll be able to turn Matheson's short into a feature length film, especially one that keeps up the suspense and intrigue of Matheson's shorts throughout the film.

I also agree that Donnie Darko was slightly overrated, but it's still a heap better than a lot of the rubbish that comes out of Hollywood.
Although I'm yet to see Southland Tales, I'm still interested in this project, mainly due to the Matheson story, and despite the fact that Southland Tales is apparently awful, and the fact that I'm not a Diaz fan.
And I've still gotta find a copy of the original Twilight Zone series...living in Australia is a pain sometimes.
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10:16PM on 02/17/2008
Y'know...they filmed this once before, for the '80s version of "The Twilight Zone," and, honestly, I don't know how they'll make a full-length film out of the short story.

That said, and I know I'll get flamed alive for saying this, but I always did think that "Donnie Darko," although interesting, was wildly overrated.

Personally, I love it when stories are subjective (like "The Fountain") and open to many, different interpretations.

But "Darko" defies every interpretation I've
Y'know...they filmed this once before, for the '80s version of "The Twilight Zone," and, honestly, I don't know how they'll make a full-length film out of the short story.

That said, and I know I'll get flamed alive for saying this, but I always did think that "Donnie Darko," although interesting, was wildly overrated.

Personally, I love it when stories are subjective (like "The Fountain") and open to many, different interpretations.

But "Darko" defies every interpretation I've heard...even Kelly's own, which was loaded with enough techno-babble (most of which wasn't even hinted at in the actual movie) for an entire season's worth of "Star Trek: Voyager."

P.S.

Also, I wish they'd use the story's original title, "Button, Button," because "The Box" is the title of an entirely different fantasy short by author Bruce Coville.
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