September 2015 - Posts

Watch: 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Don't Give a Damn About Her Bad Reputation

A few days ago, we got to see Jessica Jones, the central character of Netflix's upcoming superhero drama, get woken up at 3:00pm. Now, it's 7:54, and as seen in the clip above, her day's taken a dramatic turn. While we're still waiting to see Krysten Ritter in action as the former superhero-turned-private detective, these teases are definitely keeping us intrigued. "Marvel's Jessica Jones" premieres November 23, all at once, on Netflix.   READ MORE: Get Ready for 'Marvel's Jessica Jones,' Which Might Be Netflix's Darkest Series Yet
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Review: Alan Tudyk's 'Con Man' Might Be Fictional, But So Far It Tells the Truth

I think I was eight years old when I attended my first "Star Trek" convention — my mom brought me along to one where DeForest Kelly (McCoy on the original series) was the featured guest — and since then I've been to countless other conventions, including a half-dozen San Diego Comic-Cons. Being surrounded by fans celebrating their passion for pop culture, to me, has always been a joyful experience, but that's because I'm usually in the audience, enjoying the moment. Being in the spotlight is a much tougher thing.  READ MORE: Watch: 'Firefly' Duo Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion Campaign (Adorably) for New Indie Series That's just one of the undercurrents of "Con Man," the digital series created by Alan Tudyk, four episodes of which premiere today via Vimeo VOD. Tudyk played the lovably goofy pilot Wash on the Joss Whedon sci-fi western "Firefly," which was canceled by Fox in 2002 but embraced by fans following its release on DVD....
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How 'Mountains May Depart' Director Jia Zhangke Juggled Past, Present and Future in His Latest Epic

READ MORE: Cannes: 'The Assassin' and 'Mountains May Depart' Present Exciting New Visions of the Far East Director Jia Zhangke is no stranger to films with an epic scope. His 2000 feature "Platform" spanned the years 1979-1989, and his Cannes-winning 2013 film, "A Touch of Sin," was an ambitious anthology of four stories of violence and anger from across modern-day China. With his latest film, "Mountains May Depart," which played at both Cannes and TIFF before having its stateside premiere at NYFF this week, Jia Zhangke may be dealing with his broadest scope yet, beginning in Fenyang, China,  in1999 and ending more than 20 years later all the way in Australia. "Mountains May Depart" is divided into three acts: 1999, 2014 and 2025. In 1999, on the cusp of China's capitalist boom, Shen Tao is pursued by two suitors, Liangzi and Zhang. She chooses Zhang, with a promising economic future, and the two have a son, whom they somewhat...
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Adapting 'Serial' Podcast for Television (Really!)

READ MORE: Watch: Here's How to Incorporate 'Serial'-Style Storytelling into Film Via the Hollywood Reporter comes the news that Fox 21 TV Studios and the writing-directing-producing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller will adapt the podcast "Serial" for TV.  The insanely popular podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig, captured the curiosity of millions of listeners with its exploration of a questionable 1999 murder. Few details have been released, but the TV series will be scripted, and rather than follow the Adnan Syed case from "Serial's" first season, it will track the process and production behind the popular podcast. Koenig, along with the rest of the "This American Life" team will be executive producers on the new show. Lord and Miller are known for their notable directing work on "The Last Man on Earth," "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie." While a television series based on the making of a podcast may seem...
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'Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver' to See Light of Day in October Release

READ MORE: Why Indie Horror Films Are Doing Better Than Ever "Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver," a horror film based on the internet legend, is getting an October release. Starring Chris Cleveland and Matthew Alan and directed by David Hunt, the suspenseful tale follows two brothers whose return home for their father's funeral is interrupted when they stumble onto a cave that may hold answers about his death.  New Films International president Nesim Hason said, "David Hunt’s terrifying screenplay is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. While the internet legend has since been debunked, the haunting story was considered all too real in its height. " New Films International is releasing "Living Dark" in select theaters and on VOD on October 2. Watch a trailer for the film above. READ MORE: Get Ready, Horror Fans: 'The Witch' Opens Nationwide February 2016
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Alchemy Hires Scott Guthrie as Chief Operating Officer

READ MORE: Alchemy Acquires Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Out of Cannes Alchemy is making some big changes to support its rapid growth, starting by hiring Scott Guthrie as its Chief Operating Officer. In the role, Guthrie will oversee several of Alchemy’s divisions, including Strategy & Planning, Operations, IT and Human Resources, and he will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee, who made the announcement today. Guthrie has held senior positions with several global entertainment and consumer product companies, including serving as EVP of Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing for leading home entertainment brands such as Paramount, Dreamworks, MTV, Nickelodeon, CBS and Showtime. During his tenure with Viacom, Guthrie also served as EVP and General Manager of MTV Games. With Guthrie focused on Operations, Alchemy’s Jim Jenkins will transition to the role of Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Development and Mergers...
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Exclusive Poster for 'Heart of a Dog' Might Break Your Human Heart

READ MORE: Telluride Review: Laurie Anderson's 'Heart Of A Dog' In "Heart of a Dog," performance artist Laurie Anderson celebrates and mourns her treasured rat terrier Lolabelle, who she lost in 2011. The film marks Anderson's first cinematic effort since 1986. "Heart of a Dog" premiered to glowing reviews at Telluride earlier this year, where Indiewire's Eric Kohn wrote, "In the pantheon of memorable dogs in recent cinema — from 'The Artist' show-stealer Uggie to Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language' star Roxy — one can now add Lolabelle, the late piano-playing rat terrier owned by Laurie Anderson and saluted in her stirring essay film 'Heart of a Dog.'" "Heart of a Dog" will screen at the New York Film Festival on October 8, before opening nationwide in November and debuting on HBO early next year. Check out the exclusive poster above. READ MORE: Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' Gets Distribution Deal With Abramorama, HBO...
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Exclusive: The Truth Behind Bible Belt Filmmaking is Exposed in 'From Despair To Beloved' Excerpt

Below is an excerpt from Scott Kenyon Barker and Mark Baranowski's "From Despair To Beloved: The Provocative Cinema of On Mark Productions." The book serves as an introduction to the controversial independent films Baranowski made between 2001 and 2011 with his wife and creative partner, model-actress Ryli Morgan, and it takes readers behind the scenes of their production. Find out more information about the book here. READ MORE: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services We're all hustlers. Each of us has something to sell, whether our own goods or someone else's. I learned this at a young age, and I determined then that I would never be happy selling anyone's goods but my own. Life happens, however, and to this day, the fruits of my creative labor—books, movies, music and art—have yet to accumulate to the point where I can finally shake loose of the “day job” as a locksmith in the commercial door industry. Fortunately,...
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Forgotten Spanish-Language 'Dracula' to be Re-Released in Theaters

READ MORE: RIP Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times (VIDEO) One of the most iconic horror films of all time, almost anyone can conjure images of Bela Lugosi in "Dracula," preying upon the blood of sleeping innocents. However, a little known fact about the 1931 classic is that a nearly identical version was made at the same time with a Spanish-language cast. Each day, after the English-language Dracula finished filming, a new cast and crew would take over the set and work through the night, shooting a shot-for-shot copy of the film for the Spanish-speaking audiences of 1931. In the decades that followed, the Spanish-language "Dracula," considered by many to be the superior version of the film, was largely forgotten, while its Bela Lugosi-lead brother was enshrined in film history. Now, Turner Classic Movies will present a special double feature of both versions of "Dracula," accompanied by an introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz further...
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Why 'Cemetery of Splendour' Will Be His Final Film in Thailand

READ MORE: Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Dreamy 'Mekong Hotel' Outlines an Unrealized Project Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been generating acclaim on the film festival circuit ever since his 2002 debut "Blissfully Yours," which he followed up with "Tropical Malady" and "Syndromes and a Century." The director’s interplay of mythological reference points, structural trickery and allegorical riffs on Thailand’s complex history had no real precedent. But it wasn’t until 2010’s "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that Apichatpong became a global sensation. A delicate tale of reincarnation and mystical beings, the movie also tapped into national trauma associated with the 1965 military crackdown on communist sympathizers. Needless to say, the soft-spoken director has never had an easy relationship with his country’s government, and the situation hasn’t improved...
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The Little Rock Film Festival Set to End After 9-Year Run

READ MORE: 2015 AFI FEST Selects Will Smith Awards Vehicle 'Concussion' as Centerpiece Gala In a piece of sad news for film fans, the Little Rock Film Festival has just announced that it will end its run after 9 years. The festival aimed to showcase both the state of Arkansas and its burgeoning filmmaking community. In a statement, the festival runners said, "We are proud of the Arkansas filmmaking community that we have helped to inspire and promote, and pleased to have brought hundreds of the top independent filmmakers from around the world to central Arkansas each year to share their work directly with audiences." The final edition of the Little Rock Film Festival took place in May and included a Made in Arkansas competition, as well as features such as SXSW Grand Jury Award winner "Krisha," the Jason Schwartzman vehicle "7 Chinese Brothers" and "White God," which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.  READ...
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Watch: Natalie Dormer is Terrorized by the Dead in 'The Forest'

READ MORE: Watch: First Trailer For Supernatural Thriller ‘The Forest’ Starring Natalie Dormer A bone-chilling new trailer has been released for "The Forest," a gruesome new horror film starring "Game of Thrones'" Natalie Dormer. Sara (Dormer) has gone in search of her missing twin sister, who was last seen wandering into the Aokigahara Forest in Japan. The real-life location is also known as the "Suicide Forest," due to the fact that more than 1,000 people take their lives in the forest each year. Unfortunately for Sara, it turns out that these lost souls don't appreciate when the living tread through their final resting place, and even though she's been warned to stay on the path, Sara begins to wander and ends up right in the middle of a waking nightmare. Terrorized by the souls of the forest's dead, the search for her sister pulls Sara deeper and deeper into the haunted sea of trees. "The Forest" will be released nationwide on...
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French Director Maurice Pialat to Receive Major Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image

READ MORE: 5 Maurice Pialat Classics Returning to Theaters The Museum of Moving Image has announced a major retrospective for the lifework of French film director Maurice Pialat, which will run from October 16 - November 1. The career of late filmmaker Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) has been justly celebrated in his native France, but his legacy is unfairly underappreciated in the United States. The Pialat Retrospective will include all ten of his features in 35mm, in addition to his 1971 TV miniseries "La maison des bois," and several of his short films. Pialat emerged shortly after the French New Wave with his emotional, raw and sometimes autobiographical films. Pialat ended up directing some of the most significant French films of the 20th century, including "À nos amours," "We Won't Grow Old Together" and "Van Gogh." Other films on the slate include four collaborations with Gérard Depardieu -- "Loulou,"...
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2015 Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including 'Legend,' 'Carol' and More

READ MORE: Watch: Tom Hardy Fights Tom Hardy in Trailer for Gangster Drama 'Legends' The 2015 Austin Film Festival has announced its full lineup, which includes award contenders like "Legend" and "Carol."  "Legend," a crime thriller that stars Tom Hardy in the dual roles of London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, is slated to open the festival on Thursday, October 29. The festival is also set to honor Chris Cooper with its Extraordinary Contribution to Acting Award, as well as screen his new movie, "Coming Through the Rye," in which he plays author J.D. Salinger. John Singleton, director of films like "Boyz n the Hood" and "Shaft," will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award.  The Austin Film Festival runs October 29 through November 5. The full lineup is as follows: Marquee Features"The Adderall Diaries""Brooklyn""Burning Bodhi""Carol""Go...
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Michael Moore's 'Where to Invade Next' Finds Distribution With Tim League and Former RADiUS Founders

READ MORE: PODCAST: Fantastic Fest 2015: Tim League and Nicolas Winding Refn Are In Love Michael Moore is teaming with former RADiUS founders and co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, plus Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League, to release his upcoming documentary, "Where to Invade Next." The movie premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, and many have been wondering what distribution company the film would go to following its positive reception. The answer has now been provided in the form of a brand new distribution company from Quinn, Janego and League, though the company name and details of the new venture are being kept under wraps until a later date.  In an official statement, Moore describes his new distributor as a "cinematic Dream Team, consisting of three of this country's most beloved film geeks and movie advocates, individuals who are much-admired by the indie filmmaking community. It is clear to me that they want...
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