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AICN Exclusive Premiere! Moriarty’s Got The One-Sheet For Tarsem’s THE FALL!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. And, yes, I’m well aware how strange it is for me to be excited about a new film from Tarsem. I didn’t just dislike THE CELL... I actively loathed it, and I was fairly outspoken about the reasons why. But I’m not the sort of person who writes off a filmmaker just because of one movie. If I’d done that after ALIEN 3, I never would have bothered with SE7EN, one of my favorite films of the ‘90s. I hold out hope that Tarsem can summon the sort of thunder he regularly accomplished in his music video work with this new film, which seems to me to be a deeply personal effort. I love the stories about how he would shoot this film a little at a time while working on commercials and videos around the world, flying his cast in to spend a half-day or so at the end of each of his other shoots. It’s bold and it indicates to me that this is a film he had to make. I was just sent a giant book full of production photographs from the film, and if nothing else, it looks to be a lush visual experience. Here’s the one-sheet for the movie, which is just as striking as the images I’ve seen from the movie itself. There’s a really strong visual imagination on display here, and I hope it pays off in the film. As always, you can click on the poster to see the jumbo-sized version. Enjoy!

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 29, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by Zeegloo


  • March 29, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The Cell

    by Toonol

    My girlfriend nearly fainted because of that movie. I had to sit with her on the bathroom floor for hours as she recovered. She loathed it.

  • March 29, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Its just "Tarsem" now?

    by Zeegloo

    Thats stupid.

  • March 29, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Very Pretty

    by flickchick85

    I'll be curious to see what "Tarsem" (yeah, that bugs me, too) does with his own script, and not someone else's that even he admits was shitty (The Cell). He definitely makes pretty pictures, even if they are "borrowed." The plot description for this sounds like a more optimistic Pan's Labyrinth type of thing, which I would definitely like. And is it me, or is Lee Pace trying to play every type of role under the sun (the jaded crippled stuntman in this, the hearthrob in Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, the crazy/evil brother in Possession, and of course, the shy, introverted romantic in Pushing Daisies). Plus, wasn't he nominated for a Golden Globe for playing a transsexual woman a couple of years ago? This guy may be going places very quickly.

  • March 29, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Don't care about he Cell

    by Stevie Grant

    this movie looks beautiful. I will watch it if I have the time. By the way, I actually watched The Cell in theater... I was a teenager looking to kill a few hours. In a way, it was a pretty film, but still very disturbing and stupid all at once.

  • March 29, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Really did not

    by Series7

    like the Cell. But man if it didn't have some amazing shots. The thing with the cow. Hopefully this time he has an amazing story to go with his impressive visuals.

  • March 29, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Losing my Lunch

    by Loosejerk

    That's me in the spotlight....not giving a shit.

  • March 29, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Pretty Cool

    by Super Rabbi

    I liked The Cell, and I'm looking forward to this!

  • March 29, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Interesting poster

    by Napoleon Park

    it kinda looks like they photoshopped elements from a bunch of different film posters together. Is that the moth from the Silence of the Lambs poster? Eye catching. Not something I'd want to look at on my wall or my attic door or, well, ever again...

  • March 29, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    McG, Pitof, Madonna

    by hamslime

    And now Tarsem. You're in bad company dude, but if "Fincher" and "Jonze" are behind you then I guess you can't be that bad. I'll give this one a go.

  • March 29, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Cool Poster

    by red_weed

    I had mixed feelings about the cell but I actually liked the majority of it. I'm really excited to see this though, I've been hearing about this since forever ago.

  • March 29, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by random dude

    "Haunting! Exquisite!"- Roger Ebert.

  • March 29, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is a Tarsem?

    by messi


  • March 29, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Hayden Christensen Is Superman in JLA?????

    by Live.

  • March 29, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Looks crap

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Just like The Cell.

  • March 29, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Nice one sheet, but...

    by Bobo_Vision follows one of the formulaic rules of DVD covers. Someone cracked the formula, and apparently many DVD covers contain a close-up of the film's star, and an explosion or fire in the background. Even dramas like "Michael Clayton" use this formula.

  • March 29, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    That poster says it all....

    by D o o d

    Totally Fucking Random!

  • March 29, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Ah, Roger Ebert...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...the surefire way to earn a four-star rating from you is to make a movie that creates an entire world via special effects...

  • March 29, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    You don't write off filmmakers because of one movie

    by DerLanghaarige

    But you begged the Coen Brothers (!) to stop making movies after two movies that weren't even half as bad as most people say!

  • March 29, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    The visuals on that poster...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...look exactly like the visuals in The Cell. Hence my interest in this film is completely non existent. <p>Oh, and I always liked Alien 3.

  • March 29, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    How many forever delayed films...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    ...have ever been any good? It's a serious question, I like the notion of a film being delayed in order to make it perfect. But does it ever happen in real life? The phrase "polishing a turd" springs to mind...

  • March 29, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Moulin Rouge + Lawrence Of Arabia + 3:10 To Yuma

    by The Chalk Outline

    = This poster?

  • March 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Surprisingly poor looking poster

    by ELGordo

    I was hoping for something more striking.

  • March 29, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    Isn't he the guy who breathes fire in Street Fighter? As for the one-sheet, looks like _somebody_ is trying to outgilliam Gilliam!

  • March 29, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Fincher & Jonze?

    by Bass Ackwards

    That almost sells me alone. Tarsems already proven himself visually, its just a matter of telling a story worth a damn.

  • March 29, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    You can't knock The Cell's visuals

    by wilsonfisk89

    The film looked incredible. It was flawed, sure, but the story he was able to tell through his images was terrifyingly sublime.

  • March 29, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The funniest thing about The Cell...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    ...was the desert helicopter-mounted camera shots. The camera wobbles so much sometimes, their steadicam/gyrocam rig must have broken and they couldn't afford to get another flown in...;-p

  • March 29, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    long-delayed films ...

    by Toe Jam

    "the assassination of jesse james by the coward robert ford" -- my favorite movie of 2007 -- is one excellent but long-delayed movie that springs to mind. but i get your point. a majority of oft-delayed movies end up being shite.

  • March 29, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    My GF also FREAKED in theatre during the Cell

    by wilsonfisk89

    It was embarrassing. She was so terrified that she could not even think straight and was just bawling her eyes out as if a loved one was murdered.

  • March 29, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Re: Long Delayed...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Thinking about it, I don't think what I said made much sense. I'm sure Apocalypse Now or Star Wars went over schedule. In the case of this film the fact that it has been around for over a year makes me think it isn't bad enough to put straight to dvd, and not good/appealing enough to release properly yet.

  • March 29, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    The Cell?

    by So What?

    fuckin awful piece of shit.

  • March 29, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    He did it! He joined the One-Word-Name Cretin Club!

    by Stalin vs Predator

    His membership among those other magnificently antitalented imbeciles had been expected for so long! Was he embraced by Pitof, mewonders? Did McG kiss him? Did "mink" pay his/her/its respects? Was there a toast by K.A.O.S.? Will Uwe Boll finally choose to become "Uwe"?

  • March 29, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    By the way, this posted is as creative as original as "Tarsem" h

    by Stalin vs Predator

    It plagiarizes comic books, of all sources. Christ, they already did this layout ripoff in the old "Tank Girl" poster. Which, in fact, this one even resembles.

  • March 29, 2008, noon CST

    Fucking Epic

    by qtipsq

    Ok, this poster is phenom. Visually stunning, and catches the attention of the right people. I am looking forward to this, it is going to be a beautiful film.

  • March 29, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Just go watch the trailer

    by kafka07

    it's online, easy to find. Definitely has some visual similarities to The Cell, but maybe the story is good this time.

  • March 29, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Excuse me but.....

    by D o o d

    Tarsem is ingrained into peoples minds because he's the guy that created that dog turd called The Cell. This film looks exactly the same and to be honest with you, the visuals are not all that good or original. Screw tarsem and the white horse he rode in on passed the burning tree and the fella with a turban..!

  • March 29, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Reverse the image, then flip it, increase the sharpness!

    by thebearovingian

    VENOM!<p>I dig the flower vagina lips. At the very least this poster gave me wood!

  • March 29, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by digitalcos

    Yeah, I'd say the two examples I got burned the worst on were House of 1000 Corpses and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Man, those hurt bad.

  • March 29, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The surrealism reminds me of

    by kolchak


  • March 29, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit the Scoop of the Year!!!!!!

    by Internet Thug

    Who the fuck is Tarsem?

  • March 29, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    That Superman post better be fake

    by liljuniorbrown

    If that dumb fuck that ruined Star Wars and was even worse in Jumper goes anywhere near the Man Of Steel, I think i might just have a heart attack and die. They should just hire Brendon Fraser and get it over with already, i know it's off topic but this JL movie is going to be the death of alot of DC fans.

  • March 29, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Looks like the cover to 'Photoshop Magic' circa 1997

    by kevred

    Just sort of has a "look at all the magical things you can do with Photoshop!" tutorial vibe to it. Photoshop 3 or 4, that is.

  • March 29, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I didn't know House of 1000 Corpses and Once Upon a Time in Mexico were delayed, guess I have some reading to do. You know sometimes reading about how a trouble production became troubled is more entertaining than the film itself, Alien 3 for instance. "Why the hell do we have sets but no script?!!"

  • March 29, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Detective_Fingerling

  • March 29, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Moulin Rouge meets the Dark Tower

    by Detective_Fingerling

    and has gay Roland love babies.

  • March 29, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Ummmm... okay.

    by MaxTheSilent

    So Tarsem has learned Photoshop. But has be learned how to tell a story?

  • March 29, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    You gotta admit, Vincent D'onofrio kicked ass in The Cell

    by Han Cholo

    He was absolutely the best thing in that movie. The way he played that demon guy was one of the best performances I'd seen and made me a big fan of his. I could have done without J-Lo, as she added nothing to the film and quite frankly was miscast in role that should have been given to someone who could carry the film in that role. Vince Vaughn was just there collecting a paycheck too. Yeah the film is really flawed but Tarsem is a visual master. Maybe not from a story standpoint but definitely has talent when it comes to awesome shots and cinematography. Hopefully this film will be a better effort.

  • March 29, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    i want to fuck a flower after looking at that

    by irrelevntelefant

  • March 29, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I hate one named assholes

    by jimmy_009

    Fuck this guy.

  • March 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Krishna .... Levy?!

  • March 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Don't be mad Jimmy_009

    by qtipsq

    It's okay. Don't be mad cause your parents named you Jimmy. Hey Jimbo, sorry you cant pull off the one named thing cause every other fucker is named Jimmy,and than adding the 009. Is that a MI6 reference. WOW! Your creativity is ingenious. Don't cry Jimmy boy, you could only wish that your name was as cool as Tarsem.

  • March 29, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • March 29, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    That sound you heard...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    Is this move whizzing over the heads of the moviegoing public.<p>Not my cuppa, but it's because the trailer looked like an absinthe soaked fever dream sprinkled with heroin withdrawal hallucinations.<p>Oh, and guys wearing military jackets with no shirts is kind of fruity, and a throwback to the 80s. So, this flick won't do great business in theaters. Ebert blowing his load over this isn't shocking. Where's the Augusta Sun Gazette's movie reporter's quote...I bet it reads like this: "What? Wha...Oh...I get's like Neverending Story...Ok..Whew. No one's gonna go see this...and if I tell people to, they better have open minds or I'm out of a fucking job."<p>Pass. I'll pass until DVD. Just like Southland Tales and Cremaster IV. Interesting stuff, but what the fuck, man? Guys with a single named moniker are annoying.<p>And before you guys start beating me about the head and neck with your fucking semantics, this is my 'net handle, not my fucking name that appears on my checks, credit card, and fucking w-2's ya shitcracker. Love and kisses,<p>Micturatingbenjamin

  • March 29, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    He's a douche to just use one name but The Cell was good

    by Rupee88

    I can see how people would loathe it, but it was just very different and worked for me...slightly a mind-fuck type of film, but in a good way. Maybe "Tarsem Singh" is too ethnic sounding. But that didn't stop M. Night from being accepted.

  • March 30, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    If Ebert likes it, it must be good

    by JimCurry


  • March 30, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I think I'd take Ebert's opinion over any of your fuckwads

    by Sequitur

    Seriously, who the hell are any of you to crap on him. You've accomplished nothing in the way of cinema.

  • March 30, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I think I'd take Ebert's opinion over any of you fuckwads

    by Sequitur

    Seriously, who the hell are any of you to crap on him. You've accomplished nothing in the way of cinema.

  • March 30, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    F u c k w a d s

    by lucky slevin

    Nice. that phrase doesn't get nearly enough rotation in my daily vocab. butt pirate either for that matter.

  • March 30, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm just glad Dueche Bag made a comeback.

    by Funketeer

    That was a classic.

  • March 30, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by micturatingbenjamin

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.<p>Tepid, mephitic 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'? That's what no-talent critic Ebert has over me? I've written a novel, am currently co-creating a unique IP with a guy who works with WETA, and, I was a DJ for five years. <p> No simple basement dwelling gramma's boy am I! Five years, ironically, was the same amount of time Old Ebert couldn't see his weiner for when he was a fat load. But I'm a guy who says that Ebert isn't the world's greatest judge of popular cinema. Without Siskel, he's a puffed up dude who's admittedly got a hot ass wife. I'm just saying that Ebert liking a thing, and Joe Sixpack guys like myself liking a thing like 'The Fall' are often DIFFERENT.<p>You don't have to take my opinion, but it's clear you paid attention to it, and for narcissistic douchebags like myself, that's all I ask. Thank you Sequitir!

  • March 30, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    The actors on the poster

    by micturatingbenjamin

    Are a big 'Who's Who' of 'Who Cares?'. Other than Spike Jonze and Fincher, name ONE other thing the actors listed on the poster have done that Americans have seen.

  • March 30, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    This isn't meant to sound derogatory because I know how talkbacks usually do, but...was your novel published? I'm just curious. What was it about?

  • March 30, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    damn <3'd the cell

    by Lukin

  • March 30, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Lukin

    It seems from that spray Hollywood's getting owned by geekus cuntus, Hope not...can anyone here actually wait for a movie to come out and discover it or are we all doomed to moriartys' prophecy <3

  • March 31, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    If only he didn't go by one name

    by Freakemovie

    micturatingbenjamin - who cares whether or not the actors are famous? But to answer your question, Lee Pace stars in Pushing Daisies, which is a solidly-rated show. And also appeared in Infamous and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Off the top of my head.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones & Ebert

    by skimn

    Damn Jonesie, you hit it on the head. Ebert does get off on films that create there own effects heavy reality. Dark City may have of been good, but BEST FILM OF THE YEAR. Ditto, Majority Report. And I seem to recall a 4 star review of Spawn.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    There’s no reason to loathe The Cell.

    by TheLastCleric

    The overall story is a bit convoluted but it was a remarkable film visually.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    'strong visual imagination' is a dime a dozen these days

    by Mr Gorilla

    this has about as much cultural value as the one-sheet I wiped my bum with this morning

  • March 31, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of...

    by Artifakts,0.jpg

  • April 1, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Ebert does not have

    by Zoinks

    a "hot ass wife." Also, saying "I was a DJ for five years" is not really helping you micturate. Oh you were the asshole who pressed the play button? Oh wow. How did you ever do that and write an unpublished novel. I do hope to see what you and some guy from WETA come up with though. It should be very "unique."

  • April 1, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Movietool

    No critique can say they added anything to cinema. Ebert is no different, especially with Valley of the Dolls on his resume. I quote Ego: "The average piece of junk has more merit than [the] criticism designating it so." <p>However Ebert has shown some legit geek cred in some of the movies he's given positive reviews to (and therefore elevated into the public eye). Plus, I like him.

  • April 2, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Hey, it looks like a Tarsem one-sheet.

    by Jaka

    Crazy. <br> <br> <br> I am not a hater, and I do in fact beleive that anyone who is able to get the funding to make a film(s) should be allowed to make said film(s). Some great directors have made terrible movies. Some terrible directors have made great movies. However! (You knew that was coming, though, right?) It makes me a little bit nervous that David Fincher and Spike Jonze occupy that eye catching spot at the top.

  • April 2, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Why I Love Tarsem

    by JaPra

    His images don't leave you, his imagination is infectious. Tarsem brings to cinema what it could only hope for, what art dreams about when it sleeps.

  • April 2, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The Original Poster

    by JaPra

    I like this one better

  • April 2, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Re: Original Poster

    by flickchick85

    Yeah, I like that original one better, too. Thanks for posting it, JaPra. I still like this one, though, but I don't think it's as eye-catching.

  • April 2, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Comments like Sequiters are the price you pay for Moral grandsta

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Sequiter's disrespectful comment is precisely the result your opinion of The Cell's "fans" provokes...and it illustrates exactly why that eview is jarringly inappropriate for this site. <p> That review would fit right in (and I shudder as I type this, because it pains me greatly to say it) on Michael Medved's website. And I know damn well that Mori is about as far from Medved as a critic can get. But there it is. <p> This post shows signs that maybe Mori has re-thought the broad moral posturing of the misguided earlier review. Lets hope so, because one bull-headed statement deserves another...and that's why we have Sequiter ladies and gentlemen...

  • April 3, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Did anyone notice the

    by Series7

    MC Escher like scene in the trailer? Hopefully Price Tarsem doesn't hide the fact that his wants to film crazy visuals and makes this all a lame story being told. Just like how all the cool stuff in the cell didn't take place it was just in the killers mind. Price Tarsem just fucking take us to your messed up place and make a story there. If there is the back and forth all the time like in The Cell its going to suck. Also come up with better names for your movies for real. THE cell, THE fall, and your next flick THE unforgettable. Seriously thats the name of his next film. After that he is just going to make THE _____. <P> Also if you cannot think of a good story besides (Its in someones mind) to use your crazy kick ass visual style. Why not team up with some other director who can? Image Spike Jones or Michel Gondry working with Price Tarsem? That are why don't you just go beg Charlie Kaufman for his next script. I hope this is good.

  • April 3, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Can't wait for the lame DVD cover they come out with for this movie. You know the DVD is going to the "From the director of THE cell" plastered all over it.

  • April 3, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    One-named douche lickers suck

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Tarsem = suck

  • April 4, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    A Mark E Smith biopic? Cool!

    by pokadoo