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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Tense New Thriller "LET'S SCARE JULIE" Premieres in Home Theaters on Digital and On Demand Everywhere October 2




Shout! Studios

Presents a Tense New Thriller for Halloween

"LET'S SCARE JULIE"


An Experience in Slow-Burning and Unrelenting Suspense Premieres in Home Theaters on Digital and On Demand Everywhere October 2, 2020


A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don't come back. A suspenseful contemporary ghost story about how making the wrong choices can end with horrific results, Let’s Scare Julie premieres in Home Theaters on Digital and On Demand everywhere October 2, 2020 from Shout! Studios.

Filmed in real time on a single camera in one uninterrupted, continuous take, the tension in the film rapidly escalates as the girls’ seemingly harmless pranks start to have life-altering consequences.

Written and directed by Jud Cremata, Let’s Scare Julie stars Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson (Netflix’s On My Block), Isabel May (Netflix’s Alexa & Katie), Odessa A’zion (CBS’s Fam), Brooke Sorenson (Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias), Jessica Sarah Flaum (The Tale) and Dakota Baccelli (NBC’s This is Us).

Cremata also produced Let’s Scare Julie alongside Marc Wolloff and Blitz Films’ Eryl Cochran and Nick Sarkisov.

Synopsis

In Let’s Scare Julie, Emma, (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), who recently moved in with her cousin Taylor (Isabel May) after her father’s untimely death, becomes the victim of a prank perpetrated by Taylor’s group of friends: Madison (Odessa A’zion), Jess (Brooke Sorenson) and Paige (Jessica Sarah Flaum).

Wanting to up the ante, the girls hatch a plan to scare Julie, the reclusive girl across the street, who they have never seen and know nothing about. All they know is Julie is alone at her house tonight - a house rumored to be haunted after a little boy vanished many years ago.

What starts off as a simple plan to have a good laugh quickly escalates as some of the girls don’t come back from Julie’s house. Is it all just a set up for the girls to play an elaborate prank on Emma or are the dark rumors about the house across the street actually true? As more people start to disappear, including Emma’s younger sister Lilly (Dakota Baccelli), the clock is ticking for Emma to figure it out.

Let’s Scare Julie

Running Time: 83 minutes
Not Rated
United States, 2020
Distributed by Shout! Studios
Produced by Blitz Films


About Shout! Studios
Shout! Studios is the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, specializing in all aspects of distribution, including theatrical, VOD, digital and broadcast. Reflecting Shout! Factory’s ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence, Shout! Studios champions and supports like-minded filmmakers and creators at the forefront of pop culture, driving creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling. Shout! Studios finances, produces, acquires and distributes an eclectic slate of movies, award-winning animated features, specialty films and series from rising and established talent, filmmakers and producers.

About Blitz Films

Blitz Films is a production and financing company behind film and television series which focus on hard hitting character-driven stories.  Founded by Sergey and Nikolay Sarkisov and headed by producer Eryl Cochran, Blitz Films focuses on pursuing unique stories that engage audiences around the globe and also embraces first-time filmmakers.

Blitz recently completed EMBATTLED, written by David McKenna (American History X) and directed by Nikolay Sarkisov, which sold to IFC Films.  This fall the company will also be releasing LET’S SCARE JULIE, a true one take film, in partnership with Shout! Factory. The company is currently in development on the television series, SULTANA, set during the Ottoman Empire.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Stooge's Head As A Battering Ram" (video)




When the Stooges encounter a wall or door that won't budge...

...what's the hardest thing they can find to ram through it?

The answer: A Stooge's head!

(threestooges.net)

3 DUMB CLUCKS (1937)
FRIGHT NIGHT (1947)
THE GHOST TALKS (1949)

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!



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Sleepover with Joe Bob Briggs on August 14!




THE LAST DRIVE-IN SUMMER SLEEPOVER

Hosted by Joe Bob Briggs
Friday, August 14


Only on Shudder
9 p.m. Eastern time/6 p.m. Pacific


We've never squeezed this many guests into the trailer park before, and all five of them are icons, from the guy who created the ‘Hatchet’ series to the guy who played Jason to one of the masterminds behind ‘Impractical Jokers’ to two bona fide scream queens. It's a Pop Culture Brain-Exploding Overdose, and they all came ready to dish.

Find us at @therealjoebob, @kinky_horror, https://www.instagram.com/joebobbriggsofficial/ and www.facebook.com/JoeBobBriggs. And join other Drive-In Mutants in the live chat at https://tinyurl.com/JoeBobSlack





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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tennis-comedy "FIRST ONE IN" With Kat Foster & Georgia King Opens 9/8




KAT FOSTER, GEORGIA KING TENNIS COMEDY

‘FIRST ONE IN’ SETS RELEASE FOR SEPTEMBER 8


JUST IN TIME FOR THE U.S. OPEN

 

Los Angeles, CA — August 11, 2020 — Literally Films has announced the release date of the indie-tennis-comedy FIRST ONE IN, starring Kat Foster (Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Weeds) and Georgia King (HBO’s Vice Principals ). The film is executive produced by Jonathan Gray and produced by Paul Jarrett and Nick Huston, in association with Rosetta Films and Literally Films.

FIRST ONE IN is the feature-directing debut of indie screenwriter Gina O’Brien. This is the third feature from O’Brien whose Sundance premiere “Once More With Feeling” was produced by Rosetta Films’ Paul Jarrett. Jarrett directed O’Brien’s second screenplay “Fan Girl” which premiered on ABC Family.

After accidentally killing an endangered animal on a popular reality TV show, Madi Cooke (Kat Foster) is labeled an eco-terrorist, is fired from her job, and believes she now is the most hated woman in America. She changes her look and last name to interview with Bobbi (Georgia King), who heads Mason Agents — the #1 real estate firm in Connecticut. But in an effort to maintain championship status in a local, annual tournament, Bobbi only hires women who play tennis.

Madi joins a clinic at Acme Indoor Tennis to practice the game she hasn’t played seriously since high school, nearly 20 years ago. That’s where she meets Tennis Pro Fernando (Josh Segarra), Jane (Catherine Curtin), Ceecee (Emy Coligado), Preeti (Aneesh Sheth) and Valentina (Karina Arroyave), and renews her strained friendship with her best friend and former high school tennis partner, Ollie (Alana O’Brien).

In a twist of events, Madi and her underdogs take on Bobbi’s Mason Agents at their Elite tennis club, where Madi will find her grit or lose everything.

“During the day in tennis clubs across America, millions of women gather to hit balls at each other. I’m one of them,” says O’Brien. “We wear trendy outfits, visors, and elbow and knee braces. We drink coconut water and eat protein bars and take acetaminophen. We are middle-aged women of all shapes, sizes, and athletic ability. Our personal lives may differ from one another, but on some 250,000 courts in the U.S., we’re all tennis players. Many of us aren’t good, but the competition is as fierce as the pros, sort of, and it’s fun material for a screenplay.”

FIRST ONE IN is set to release on major VOD/Digital platforms including Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020. FIRST ONE IN stars Kat Foster (Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Weeds), Georgia King (HBO’s Vice Principals ), Alana O’Brien (Inside Amy Schumer), Emy Coligado (Crossing Jordan), Catherine Curtin (Orange is the New Black), Aneesh Sheth ( Jessica Jones), Karina Arroyave (Orange is the New Black), Josh Segarra ( Trainwreck), and Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella).


About Rosetta Films
Prior to First One In, Paul Jarrett (Rosetta Films) managed non-scripted production for ABC News Long Form / Lincoln Square Productions as the Supervising Line Producer. Jarrett delivered content to and managed relationships with Disney ABC Television Group, A&E, Investigation Discovery, Bravo, Netflix, and Disney +. Jarrett also recently executive produced and was the show-runner on the Investigation Discovery Channel TV show I, Witness, which premiered in 2017. Prior to that, Jarrett directed and produced the feature film Fan Girl starring Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Meg Ryan (Sleepless In Seattle). When Fan Girl premiered on ABC Family, the film was the 8th most trending Twitter topic in the world.


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Sunday, August 9, 2020

THEN CAME BRONSON -- Movie/TV/DVD Review by Porfle




Currently rewatching THEN CAME BRONSON (1969), the pilot movie for the TV series starring Michael Parks, via the Warner Archive Collection DVD.

The premise of the movie and subsequent series is that disillusioned newspaper reporter Jim Bronson (Parks) reacts to the suicide of his friend (Martin Sheen) by chucking it all--his job, his conformity, his adherence to other people's rules--and setting off on his Harley to discover America while rediscovering himself.

Every week he went to a different place and interacted with different characters, the first being a runaway bride played by a very endearing young Bonnie Bedelia (DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2, HEART LIKE A WHEEL) who latches onto him out of loneliness and desperation.

This classic scene from the movie became part of the weekly series' opening. Click to enlarge.

During their time together the pensive, introspective Bronson teaches her empathy and self-reliance while she helps mend the heartache he suffered after his friend's death. The episodic nature of the story serves as a sampling of what Bronson will encounter in the weeks ahead as the series continues.

Though the show was wildly popular with young viewers, Parks only stayed with it for one season. There was talk of replacing him with Lee Majors, but thankfully this never happened.

The pilot movie contains one of two very cringey scenes for "Bronson" fans.  The first comes when he enters a hill climb competition and his Harley-Davidson Sportster street bike suddenly turns into a much smaller dirt bike.


The other memorably cringey scene for fans comes in a later episode where his bike is damaged considerably after rolling down a rocky cliff and he manages to fix it with a rock (known as the legendary "Bronson Rock").

The film is also noteworthy for its co-star Bonnie Bedelia, who would win plaudits for her starring role in the film biography "Heart Like A Wheel" and later gain fans as Bruce Willis' wife "Holly" in the "Die Hard" films.

Parks had such a strangely-affected acting style--one which was extremely mumbly and eccentric even among the most devoted "method" actors--that it's interesting seeing him in a scene with a more traditional actor like Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, or Akim Tamiroff and watching how awkwardly their acting styles clash. They may as well be from different planets as the other actors try to make their performances relate somehow to his.

From the MAD Magazine satire of the show. Click to enlarge.

The series itself harkened back to earlier days in television when writers used anthology shows (which this resembles) to wax eloquent about various issues and explore human relations in terms more intimate, poetic, and occasionally pretentious than other shows usually allowed. 

Much later in his career, Parks would achieve renewed fame and popularity as Texas lawman Earl McGraw in a series of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino films.

But to most of his fans he'll always be Jim Bronson, cranking up his Harley and heading off to somewhere he's never been before to meet new people and change their lives.




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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "A Clean Sweep" (video)




When the Stooges are sweeping up paper and dirt from the grass...

...one Stooge opens the side of the grass like it's a carpet...

...and hides all the paper and dirt under there.

(And when there's no grass available, a carpet will do.)

(threestooges.net)

SO LONG MR. CHUMPS (1941)
THE HOT SCOTS (1948)
A GEM OF A JAM (1943)

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Oh, Shempie...!" (video)




When Moe calls Shemp "Shempie!"...

...Shemp responds "Whatie?" or "Yesie?"


BABY SITTERS JITTERS (1951)
A MISSED FORTUNE (1952)

(threestooges.net)

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!



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