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Monday, March 18, 2019

Terror Films Brings the Horror to Online Streaming Service Popcornflix



Terror Films Brings the Horror to Online Streaming Service Popcornflix

Los Angeles, CA (Monday, March 18th, 2019): Terror Films continues to expand their digital footprint and their film library. Now, this genre distributor has teamed up with Popcornflix, to bring several of their premiere titles to this popular, ad-based streaming site.

The initial release will include a variety of films. The first wave of films involves top performers such as Hell House LLC, Dead Body and Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary.

Future titles will include the Terror Films’ original release The Chosen, the comic book-esque thriller The Dark Stranger, the award-winning Argentinian film What the Waters Left Behind, the zombie, comedy horror Night of Something Strange and the female-driven apocalyptic thriller The Tribe.


The Tribe stars Jessica Rothe of the recent Happy Death Day franchise. All of these titles are sure to entertain horror and thriller film fans, this Spring.

The new partnership will also include titles from Terror Films’ sister company Global Digital Releasing. Titles from GDR, on Popcornflix, include the critically-acclaimed drama Elizabeth Blue and the award-winning comedy Paperback from Sundance alum Adam Bowers. All of these film are tentatively set to debut on Popcornflix as early as April 1st!

To learn more on Popcornflix: https://www.popcornflix.com/pages/discover/d/movies

To learn more about Terror Films visit: https://www.terrorfilms.net/


About Popcornflix

Popcornflix is a top ad-supported VOD platform, reaching over 15M active users annually in 56 countries. The service, which offers free streaming of over 4,000 hours of movies and TV shows is available online and on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire and YouTube.



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World Trade Center Blooper In "The Valachi Papers" (1972) (video)




Much of "The Valachi Papers" takes place in 1930s-era New York...

...where we can spot a 1960s-era car or two.

In one scene, Charles Bronson is pulling a robbery...

...with some modern-looking buildings in the background.

And although it wouldn't exist for another 40 years or so...

...there's the World Trade Center.


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

How To Improve The Breakfast Scene From "Pulp Fiction" (1994) (video)




In Pulp Fiction's breakfast scene, there's a visual callback to the opening scene...

...with Pumpkin and Honeybunny.

But I think Tarantino made a mistake actually cutting away to them.

He should've just let us hear the "Garcon!" so we could connect the dots ourselves.

We've redone the scene to play that way. See what you think.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kanta Gives Satsuki His Umbrella: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) (video)



Kanta has a crush on his new neighbor Satsuki...

...but is too shy to even talk to her.

When he sees Satsuki and her little sister Mei caught in the rain...

...it's his chance to do something to show his feelings.

This is one of those beautiful scenes that makes Hayao Miyazaki's films so beloved.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ISIBOSHWA -- DVD Review by Porfle




Another "Retro Afrika" release from IndiePix, ISIBOSHWA (1989) continues the effort to recover, restore, and re-release some of the neglected South African films produced for black audiences during apartheid which were on the verge of being lost. 

While some of these extremely low-budget, low-tech productions choose to imitate gun-blazing cop flicks or westerns, ISIBOSHWA is an extremely laidback and pleasingly pastoral tale of three teenage brothers on a lazy camping trip that's more like a chapter out of "Tom Sawyer" than anything else.


What gives it the kind of kick we're looking for is the fact that their chosen campsite is smack dab on top of some buried money, and the two bank robbers that stole it have been released from prison and are back to dig it up. 

The problem is, the three boys are a feisty bunch and have no intention of vacating their chosen campsite.

The first half of the film is about as leisurely-paced as any story that revolves around hiking, fishing, and swimming on a sunny summer day, as well as scaring the youngest brother, Keeper, with some spooky campfire tales at night.


Director Tonie van der Merwe (FISHY STONES, RICH GIRL) is much more in his competency zone here than in trying to emulate an episode of "Hawaii Five-O", and for those of us who remember childhood days like this, the nostalgia value itself allows us to enjoy it all right along with the three boys.

Eventually, however, there has to be a plot, and this kicks into gear when the bumbling bank robber played by Hector Mathanda (GONE CRAZY, FISHY STONES, UMBANGO, THE COMEDIANS) starts creeping around the campsite waiting for an opportunity to dig up the loot while his hotheaded partner Lucky (South African cinema's handsome leading man Innocent "Popo" Gumede) waits back at their camper truck getting more impatient by the minute.

Mathanda, who seems to be the most talented and ubiquitious actor in South African cinema, is as fascinating to watch as usual, hamming it up in a comical way even when he tries to intimidate the boys into packing up and getting out, which fails miserably when the boys prove difficult to sway. 


With this conflict fully under way, the second half of the film generates some dramatic tension that's suspenseful while still maintaining a lighthearted air.  While the two robbers try to terrorize the boys, they in turn derive inspiration from a mythical African warrior king as well as their own ingenuity in order to fight back.

Pleasantly diverting in the most low-key sort of way, ISIBOSHWA transcends its rock-bottom budget and production values by using its own simplicity as a virtue.  Mathanda and Gumede are watchable as always, and the three boys are likable and easy to identify with for anyone who loved a wilderness adventure as a kid.


Buy it at Amazon.com

TECH SPECS:
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Unrated
Not Rated
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2019
Run Time: 73 minutes
Bonus: Trailer





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17th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Closing Night Gala and More




17th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES CLOSING NIGHT GALA AND MORE

World Premiere of Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS will close the festival on April 14, with cast members in attendance for gala event

TV panel participants and screening of award winning documentary REASON also confirmed


LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12, 2019) – Following the recent announcement of their 2019 lineup including an April 11 opening night gala event honoring legendary Indian actress Tabu paired with a screening of her latest film ANDHADHUN, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) today announced that director Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS would close out the festival on April 14.

THE ODDS is a coming-of-age tale about two teens who skip school on an important exam day and go on a fantastical journey through Mumbai. THE ODDS features supporting turns from Abhay Deol (Dev D) and Priyanka Bose (Lion), each of whom are expected to attend the Gala along with Ramaswamy, lead actress Yashaswini Dayama and co-star Monica Dogra.

Both the Opening and Closing Gala presentations will take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills with dinner receptions to follow hosted by Indian restaurant Spice Affair.

IFFLA has also confirmed veteran director Anand Patwardhan’s acclaimed documentary REASON, an urgent and thorough exploration of Indian society and the country’s slide away from secular democracy. REASON premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the grand jury prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and recently had its US premiere at the True/False Film Festival.

This year the festival will also host a moderated panel featuring successful South Asian professionals working across various fields in the television industry. The panel, to be held at the Regal L.A. Live theaters on Saturday, April 13, boasts a  lineup that includes actor/comedian Nik Dodani (Murphy Brown, Netflix’s Atypical), director Meera Menon (The Walking Dead, GLOW, The Magicians), writer Fawzia Mirza (CBS’ upcoming The Red Line), writer Chitra Sampath (Good Behavior, Southland), writer and co-creator of Fox’s The Resident Roshan Sethi, and actor Dhruv Uday Singh (Freeform’s Good Trouble, CBS pilot Pandas of New York).

Complete IFFLA 2019 details are available online at www.indianfilmfestival.org.

Tickets and Passes
Tickets and Passes are now on sale. For more information please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@iffla).

About IFFLA
Now in its 17th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The four-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase nearly 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.


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The Three Stooges (with Ted Healy) in "Hollywood Party" (1934) (video)




"Hollywood Party" (1934) is a hodge-podge of loosely-linked comedy sketches.

Many comics of the time appear including an unbilled Three Stooges.

It would be their final screen appearance with top banana Ted Healy.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

RICH GIRL -- DVD Review by Porfle




Anyone who's read my other reviews of IndiePix's "Retro Afrika" series knows how much I enjoy these modestly-produced (to say the least), wildly amateurish attempts at filmmaking which, in their earnest but inept efforts to entertain, can't help but warm my heart with "so bad it's good" goodness.

Tonie van der Merwe's RICH GIRL (1990) is no exception.  The director who gave us ISIBOSHWA and FISHY STONES is back with another tale starring Innocent "Popo" Gumede (ISIBOSHWA, HOSTAGE, FISHY STONES, UMBANGO) as a bodyguard hired to protect a headstrong rich girl named Charlotte (Lungi Mdlala) and Hector Methanda (THE COMEDIANS, UMBANGO, FISHY STONES, GONE CRAZY) as the leader of a bumbling pair of kidnappers who want to abduct Charlotte and demand a hefty ransom from her money-bags papa.


As you'll recall, these films were produced for black audiences (in a South Africa where apartheid prevented them access to mainstream cinemas) and are now being rescued and restored.  "Popo" Gumede plays his usual handsome leading man type here as he does in several such films, while the undisputed clown prince of "Retro Afrika" cinema, Hector Methanda, continues to be the most entertaining thing about any film he's in whenever he's on the screen.

The production values are predictably rock-bottom as are the technical skills of all involved (save for a fairly good cast).  It's as though people who'd never seen a motion picture before were given filmmaking equipment and told to make movies. 

Adding to this is a score consisting mainly of a backdrop of generic disco/funk music plunking away during almost every scene. The results of all this are, for me, deliciously entertaining in their own uniquely special sort of way. 


Lungi Mdlala's Charlotte is the typical spoiled rich girl who chafes at the constant presence of her hired watchdog.  When she isn't lounging around a drab-looking pool (which seems to be filled with swamp water) in a frumpy robe, she's milling about in an art gallery in an interminable scene (which features one of the few white actors to appear in these movies) before deciding to purchase their entire stock.

During one of her tirades against him, Popo suddenly professes his love for her in an explosive, almost violent manner that's borderline hilarious. It's at this moment that Methanda enters the picture with gun drawn and abducts them both, taking them to a secluded cottage along with his accomplice.

Whatever stretches of boredom there might've been up till this point disappear when Hector Methanda hits the screen.  Whether wielding his gun with a gap-toothed grin, relishing his dominance over his captives, or browbeating his peabrained partner, Methanda always seems to be having a ball chewing the scenery and apparently ad-libbing much of his dialogue in order to make his character more interesting and funny. 


Once Popo escapes the room where he and Charlotte have been imprisoned and takes on his two captors, director Tonie van der Merwe actually manages to generate some suspense. 

An outdoor gunfight between Popo and Hector utilizes much slow-motion and, surprisingly, some actual squibs in a scene so archly done that it almost looks like something out of "Police Squad!"  Things get wrapped up in satisfactory fashion at the end, and the short-and-sweet action tale (less than 70 minutes) coasts to a pleasant halt.

As usual, I have to add a disclaimer to my review of this "Retro Afrika" title: if you don't love bad movies, and require a certain level of technical sophistication in your viewing fare that must be maintained, then this movie is not for you. But if you do love bad movies--and I mean "bad" in an entertaining, earnest, and ultimately endearing way--then RICH GIRL is heartily recommended. 


Buy it at Amazon.com

Buy it at IndiePix


TECH SPECS:
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Not Rated
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2019
Run Time: 70 minutes
Bonus: Trailer






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Bela Lugosi At His Most Unhinged! "The Raven" (1935) (video)




In this bizarre thriller, Bela plays Poe-obsessed Dr. Vollin…

...the only surgeon who can save the life of Jean Thatcher (Irene Ware).

He also operates on an escaped convict named Bateman (Boris Karloff).

But instead of giving him a handsome new face, Bela makes him hideous.

Bela relishes gaining an advantage over others...
...and then torturing them mercilessly.

Bela's performance becomes more and more unhinged as the film progresses.

He pulls out all the stops in this one, and the result is glorious.


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Jerry And Gary Lewis: Together Again! (video)




Jerry And Gary Lewis: Together Again!  

"Sonny Boy" (1957)
"Land of La-La-La" (Rock-A-Bye Baby, 1958)
"The Jerry Lewis Show" (1960)
"The Nutty Professor" Outtake (1963)
"The Patsy" Outtake (1964)
"MDA Telethon" (1986)
"Hullabaloo" (1965)

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

All The Best Monster Scenes In "Monster On The Campus" (1958) (video)


Arthur Franz plays college professor Dr. Donald Blake. 

Joanna Moore is his fiancee, Madeline.

Blake is contaminated by the irradiated blood of a prehistoric fish...
...and devolves into an apelike monster.

The monster's attacks Helen Westcott...
...co-star of "Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde."  

Stuntman/actor Eddie Parker plays the monster after the transformation.
Parker also played the title monster in "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy."

Franz himself had earlier co-starred in "Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man."

The film was shot in 12 days.

Director Jack Arnold is best known for such films as "Creature From The Black Lagoon" and "It Came From Outer Space."

Arthur Franz disliked movies like this and later chafed at so often being reminded of them.

While critical reception was mixed to poor, the film remains a fan favorite.

(SPOILERS)


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Friday, March 8, 2019

Larry Fessenden's "DEPRAVED" - World Premiere at What The Fest!?




GLASS EYE PIX AND FORAGER FILM COMPANY PRESENTS

"DEPRAVED"     
   Written and Directed by: Larry Fessenden
Produced by: Larry Fessenden, Chadd Harbold and Jenn Wexler
Executive Producers: Joe Swanberg, Edwin Linker, Peter Gilbert
Co-Executive producers: Andrew Mer, Sig De Miguel, Stephen Vincent
      
Starring: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux, Ana Kayne, Maria Dizzia, Chloë  Levine, Owen Campbell and Addison Timlin
      
WHAT THE FEST !? OPENING NIGHT (WORLD PREMIERE) : IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue, NYC
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM
             

Shot on the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden’s brings his unique vision of the literary classic in DEPRAVED, set in modern Brooklyn. This meditative reimagining of the novel explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals.

Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend Lucy (Chloë Levine) after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home.From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam (Alex Breaux), has been brought into consciousness by Henry (David Call), a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori (Joshua Leonard), a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all.

LARRY FESSENDEN  (writer, director, producer, editor), winner of the 1997 Someone to Watch Spirit Award, and nominee for the 2010 Piaget Spirit Award for producing, is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror trilogy HABIT (Nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), WENDIGO (Winner Best Film 2001 Woodstock Film Festival) and NO TELLING. His film, THE LAST WINTER (Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for best ensemble cast), premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Fessenden directed SKIN AND BONES for NBC TV’s horror anthology FEAR ITSELF and the feature film BENEATH for CHILLER FILMS.


He wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro of ORPHANAGE, an English language remake of the successful Spanish film EL ORFANATO. He is the co-writer with Graham Reznick, of the hit Sony Playstation videogame UNTIL DAWN which won a BAFTA. As a character actor Fessenden has appeared in films such as the forthcoming THE MOUNTAIN (Rick Alverson), IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE (Ti West), BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (Martin Scorsese), BROKEN FLOWERS (Jim Jarmusch), THE BRAVE ONE (Neil Jordan), ANIMAL FACTORY (Steve Buscemi), WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt), as well as dozens of independent horror films including WE ARE STILL HERE, YOU’RE NEXT, I SELL THE DEAD and TV shows including “Louie” and “The Strain”.

Since 1985, Fessenden has run GLASS EYE PIX  (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies”- Filmmaker Magazine), the fierce independent NYC-based production shingle with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.
         
Official Site: https://www.depravedfilm.com
On Twitter:  @GlassEyePix
On Instagram:  @GlassEyePix
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasseyepix

Director:Larry Fessenden
Running Time:114 min
Language:English
Country:USA
Year:2019

ABOUT WHAT THE FEST!?
Launched by IFC Center in 2018, What The Fest!?spotlights smart, bold and inventive films from the world of genre and beyond for an audience of the creative and curious looking for a community in which to share experiences and have a blast together. From cerebral shockers to singular cinematic moments to unforgettable special events, What The Fest!? is more than just movies, it is an experience.What The Fest!?is an annual event taking place March 20 – 24, 2019 at the IFC Center, bringing cerebral genre films to the big screen in the heart of Manhattan. Showcasing a small range of carefully selected films from the wild side of cinema with guests and special events to highlight the films in a new way, it is the weekend not to miss for cinema lovers who are looking for the next cool thing.
For more information: http://www.whatthefestnyc.com
@whatthefestnyc

ABOUT GLASS EYE PIX
Glass Eye Pix (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” —Filmmaker Magazine) is the fierce independent NYC-based production outfit headed by art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (DEPRAVED, BENEATH, ABC’s of DEATH 2, NBC’s Fear Itself episode “SKIN AND BONES,” THE LAST WINTER, WENDIGO, HABIT, NO TELLING). Glass Eye Pix is responsible for narrative films, documentaries, books, comics, audio plays, and other unique work designed to inspire and contrast with corporate media. Fessenden (winner of the Someone to Watch Spirit Award) has operated the company since 1985, with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.
For more information: http://glasseyepix.com


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Schnarzan The Conqueror!! (Jimmy Durante) From "Hollywood Party" (Pre-Code, 1934) (video)




In the pre-code comedy "Hollywood Party", Jimmy Durante...

...plays big screen jungle hero "Schnarzan the Conqueror!!"

Jungle Woman's naughty uncensored outfit is matched only by Durante's manic comic intensity.

This mock trailer is a delightfully lowbrow example of Old Hollywood making fun of itself.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

"THE WIND" Directed by Emma Tammi Out April 5 -- Watch the Trailer HERE!




IFC Midnight Presents
"THE WIND"
 
"A hugely promising debut in terms of Tammi's assured directorial craft." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

It's refreshing to see such an original stab at this type of indie genre-bender, especially one told from a strictly female point of view." - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

"Tammi demonstrates a real knack for visual storytelling and mood; balancing tone and pace while pulling off some very creepy moments." - Katie Walsh, Nerdist

 
OPENING IN THEATERS ON APRIL 5TH
AND ALSO AVAILABLE ON DEMAND


New York Special Screening
Friday, March 22 at 7:00PM at IFC Center - Q&A with Emma Tammi
*Director Emma Tammi is available for press interviews on March 20-22 in New York City.

Los Angeles Special Screenings
Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30PM at Soho House Screening Room
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30PM at The Egyptian Theater - Q&A with Emma Tami
*Director Emma Tammi and actress Caitlin Gerard and Julia Goldani Telles are available for interviews in Los Angeles late March.

WATCH THE TRAILER:



THE WIND explores an unseen evil as it haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier.

Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition.

When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy’s fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events.

Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.

CAST: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Miles Anderson, Dylan McTee
DIRECTOR: Emma Tammi
WRITTEN BY: Teresa Sutherland
PRODUCED BY: Christopher Alender, David Grove

SOCIAL TAGS
#thewindmovie
#itneverstops
#ifcmidnight
Insta / Twitter / FB: @ifcmidnight
Insta / Twitter : @thewindmovie

Running time: 86 minutes
Distributor: IFC Midnight



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Sappiest Love Song Ever? From "The Cocoanuts" (Marx Brothers, 1929): "When My Dreams Come True" (video)




The Marx Brothers' filmed stage musical "The Cocoanuts" was scored by famed composer Irving Berlin. 

Architect Bob Adams (Oscar Shaw) describes the romantic love nest he's designing for himself and sweetheart Polly (Mary Eaton).

Which leads into one of the sappiest love songs ever, "When My Dreams Come True."

"This Spanish castle I've built in my mind..."
"...will be our love nest, the practical kind..."


While Groucho romances Margaret Dumont... 
...the song gets reprised throughout the show.

Harpo even has to perform it twice.
(He manages to make it sound good on his harp)

Chico, bless his heart, is mercifully spared.

And, with the Marx Brothers relagated to a brief cutaway...
...the song reappears for the big finish.

Not one of Irving Berlin's finest moments.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Cult Thriller "OFF SEASON" to Show in 10 US Cities this March 15th




Cult Thriller "OFF SEASON" to Show in 10 US Cities this March 15th

West Hollywood, CA (Wednesday, March 6th, 2019) - Off Season is an upcoming horror thriller from director and photographer Robert Cole. Written by Erik Lieblein, the film takes place on a remote farm, where a dangerous cult has taken root. Off Season is slated to show theatrically in ten U.S. cities, this March. And, the film’s first trailer and official poster are available here, before the film’s upcoming release.

In the story, Lena (Jessica Cadden Osborne) decides to return home. But, she takes a pitstop in Martha’s Vineyards, with plans to explore the area. On the farm, she befriends the owner and his family. Over time, she begins to realize that something is wrong as people begin to go missing. When it is obvious a killer is stalking the surrounding township, it is too late for Lena to escape.

Off Season has a stellar cast. Luca Salvagno of “Gotham” centrally stars as Todd, one of the farm workers. As well, Chance Kelly co-stars from the television series “Power” and “Aquarius;” Kellen plays the farm owner. Finally, up-and-coming actor Sosie Bacon (“Here and Now”) also stars in one of her early- breakout roles as central character Cassie. Some of these actors will be at the film’s New York premiere (March 15th), with more theatrical cities and showings to be announced soon.

The official trailer for Off Season: https://vimeo.com/302917871 

The film’s official synopsis: After working for the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, Lena’s plans to return home fall through. A local farmer, Kellen, hires her and she forges relationships with her co-workers, his wife Becca, and his precocious ten-year-old daughter Sadie. At first, Lena’s experiences on the farm are welcoming and she strikes a close relationship with Sadie. However, over time Lena senses that Sadie is troubled. When a co-worker goes missing, Lena presses Sadie for answers only to discover that a killer is amongst them..

Release Date: March 15th (Limited Theatrical).

Director: Robert Cole. Writer: Erik Lieblein.
Cast: Jessica Cadden Osborne, Chance Kelly, Sosie Bacon, Amanda Good Hennessey, Lucas Salvagno, Sean Kleier.

More details on Off Season at Indican

About Indican Pictures
Indican Pictures acquires and distributes feature films to a broad range of entertainment outlets by providing a diverse selection of movies across: theatrical, home video, TV, VOD, PPV and streaming platforms.


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All The Hideous Sun Demon Scenes From "The Hideous Sun Demon" (1958) (video)




Robert Clarke produced and directed 1958's "The Hideous Sun Demon"...

...and played the title role of a man horribly mutated by radiation.

The rays of the sun transform him into a vicious reptilian creature.

The film's crew consisted of University of Southern California film students...
...and was shot over 12 consecutive weekends for approx. $50,000.

Cast and crew were paid $25 per day.
Much of the cast consisted of Clarke's relatives and friends.

Practical locations rather than sets were used throughout the film.

The impressive monster suit was made for a cost of $500. 
It was built over a diver's wet suit.

Although the film's reviews have been consistently negative...

...it has, over the years, become a fondly-remembered cult favorite.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Saban Films Takes Mafia Drama "MOB TOWN" Starring David Arquette




SABAN FILMS TAKES MAFIA DRAMA “MOB TOWN” STARRING DAVID ARQUETTE

LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Danny A. Abeckaser’s Mob Town starring David Arquette (Scream, Never Been Kissed), Jennifer Esposito (Crash, The Affair) Robert Davi (The Expendables 3, Die Hard), PJ Byrne (Green Book, Big Little Lies) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Entourage, The Sopranos) along with Abeckaser (The Irishman, First We Take Brooklyn).  Previously titled Apalachin, Mob Town was written by Jon Carlo and Joe Gilford, and is produced by Abeckaser’s 2B Films. The feature is slated for a Summer 2019 release.

Based in 1957, Mob Town follows local trooper Ed Croswell (Arquette) as he foils mobsters Vito Genovese (Davi) and Joseph Barbara's (Abeckaser) mafia summit in the rural town of Apalachin, New York. Croswell’s actions exposed the mob to the American public and changed the face of law enforcement forever.

Saban Films negotiated the deal along with Bleiberg Entertainment on behalf of filmmakers. 

Out of Sundance, Saban Films most recently announced their partnership with Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, coming on board from script stage for the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The company remains active in the acquisition and distribution space, with upcoming titles including: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan; The Professor, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama starring Johnny Depp; and Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde. 

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.

Recent titles include James Marsh’s King of Thieves starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon; the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer The Vanishing; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Eshom and Ian Nelms’ lauded feature Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.



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John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #28: Gunfight, "Tall in the Saddle" (1944) (video)




The town's scariest bad guy calls John Wayne out...

...and it looks like a gunfight is inevitable.

But Duke has other ideas...

...and settles the matter in his own unexpected way.


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Monday, March 4, 2019

Serial Killer, Neo Noir Horror "Doc" STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC Arrives in North America--DVD/VOD Release (5/7) 




BREAKING GLASS CHRONICLES A SERIAL KILLER IN STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC

Philadelphia, PA, March 4, 2019--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to gripping, neo-noir horror-doc STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Cody Lyons Co-Founder of The Octoberists. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on May 7, 2019.

Described as “disquieting, discomforting, scary, and disturbing” (Rue Morgue) that “works remarkably well as an often-chilling character study” (The Hollywood Reporter), and praised as “a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies” (Dread Central), STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC stars Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, and Andres Montejo.

“Writer director Colin Bemis has crafted a superb drama that fits perfectly into the current craze of the “charming serial killer”, said Lyons. “We couldn’t be more pleased with Breaking Glass and look forward to working together in the future.”

When Errol and Ellis, two aspiring documentarians embarking on their first feature, put out a feeler to their local community for individuals with interesting stories. They hear back from and settle on the tale of Noel, a man who has just been released from prison after a nine-year incarceration for a crime of passion. After several weeks of shooting, they inadvertently discover that Noel’s story is fabricated: he has never been to prison.

They soon find out that he is an at-large and very active serial killer who has never been apprehended by authorities. Now too entangled and implicit in Noel’s horrific crimes, the duo are stuck between deciding on the right thing to do and possibly making the most sensationalized and infamous documentary ever made. They make their decision: to keep filming, and events spin increasingly and wildly out of control…

“Contemporary and chilling, Bemis’ take on the charming serial killer seems incredibly relevant and horrific” said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “Aidan Bristow, in a remarkable performance, exhibits a perfect blend of cunning vulnerability and ice-cold insanity.”

STRAWBERRY FLAVORED PLASTIC
Genre: Horror, Crime
Running Time: 107 min.
Rating: NR
Language: English
UPC: 855184007853

Cast:
Aidan Bristow
Nicholas Urda
Andres Montejo
Bianca Soto
Lourdes Severny
Raelynn Zofia Stueber
Erica Duke Forsyth
Steve Boghossian
Marisa Lowe

Directed by: Colin Bemis
Written by: Colin Bemis
Produced by: Colin Bemis
Executive Produced by: T.M. Bemis, Rob Casasanta, Don Fleming, Jeff Miller,
Donald Panos, Tracy Panos
Associate Produced by: Carolyn Bevacqua, Angela Blum, Shannon Brady, Delilah Campos, Bill D’Apice, Joie Estrella, Timothy Feeney, Megan Foley, Ann Gaulocher, Christopher Gibbons, Patrick Moore, Jason Pfister, Charley Raiff, Joe Rutz, Robert Squeri, Daniel Tobin

Music Composed by: Matt Barile
Cinematography by: Yoni Shrira
Edited by: Steve Boghossian, Yoni Shrira
Production Company: Neon Briefcase



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Penny Shuts Down Her Mom's "Mr. Noodles" Story Big-Time (Lost In Space, S1 E7: "My Friend, Mr. Nobody") (video)




Penny Robinson has made friends with an invisible energy being she calls "Mr. Nobody."

But everyone else scoffs and thinks she just has a new imaginary friend.

Her mom tries to comfort her with a cute story about her own childhood imaginary friend...

...named "Mr. Noodles", who lived inside her teddy bear.

But instead of being comforted, Penny shoots the "charming" story right out of the water.


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Scene That Gave Jerry Lewis A Heart Attack ("Cinderfella", 1960) (video)




Jerry proved himself an agile comic performer and dancer in this comedy classic.

In addition to his famous stairway descent at the Princess' ball...
...he was also a graceful dancing partner.

But it's his headlong dash up 63 steep steps that almost finished him.

The feat took such a toll on Jerry that he's said to have suffered a heart attack...
(Jerry himself confirmed this)
...which sent him to the hospital and delayed filming for weeks.

Other accounts limit the damage to severe exhaustion.

At any rate, Jerry definitely suffered for his art.

(Read our review of "Cinderfella" HERE)


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Saturday, March 2, 2019

David Slade Signs On To Direct Anton's Psychological Thriller Based On Sara Gran's "COME CLOSER"




DAVID SLADE SIGNS ON TO DIRECT ANTON’S PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER BASED ON SARA GRAN’S COME CLOSER
 
Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning Michael London to Produce


LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2019) – Anton announced today that its upcoming thriller Come Closer will be directed by David Slade (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Hard Candy, “American Gods”).

The film, which is based on the novel of the same name, is penned by the novel’s author Sara Gran (“Berlin Station,” “Southland”). Come Closer, which follows a young architect who may be the victim of demonic possession or simply may be losing her mind, will be produced by Academy Award® nominee Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor, Milk) and Sara Gran. 

Anton is fully financing, executive producing and handling worldwide sales. Recently appointed as EVP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, John Zois, negotiated the deal and will oversee the project for Anton.

Slade most recently directed the revolutionary choose-your-own-adventure movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch for Netflix. Slade is best known for his films Hard Candy (starring Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page and Sandra Oh), 30 Days of Night (starring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as well as the television shows “American Gods” and “Hannibal.”

Gran has written for the tv shows “Berlin Station” and “Southland” and written pilots for HBO, TNT and Cinemax, among others. She's also published six novels, most recently The Infinite Blacktop. Her novel Come Closer was published in 2003 to overwhelming critical favor.

London most recently produced Farming starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  He received a Golden Globe® award for Best Picture in the comedy category for Alexander Payne’s Sideways and is currently working on Showtime’s Golden Globe® nominated “SMILF,” SyFy’s “The Magicians,” and FX’s “Snowfall.”

Slade is represented by UTA, Anonymous and Casarotto Ramsay in the UK. Gran is represented by WME, Manage-ment and The Nord Group.  London is represented by WME.

Anton’s slate includes Ric Roman Waugh’s Greenland starring Gerard Butler; David Bruckner’s The Night House starring Rebecca Hall; and Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity starring John Boyega.


ABOUT ANTON

Founded by Sebastien Raybaud in 2011, Anton is a global content business which creates, produces, finances and distributes across both film and TV. The company debuted its pioneering co-financing model by partnering with StudioCanal on acclaimed international productions such as Non-Stop, the Paddington franchise, and Shaun the Sheep.

Upcoming projects include Greenland starring Gerard Butler; The Night House starring Rebecca Hall; Naked Singularity starring John Boyega; and the animated feature, Fireheart, from the successful producers of Leap!.  TV titles include the recent BBC success “McMafia” and the upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” for HBO starring James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson and directed by Tom Hooper.


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First Time Dr. Smith Ever Said "Oh, the Pain...the Pain" (Lost In Space, S1 E7: "My Friend, Mr. Nobody") (video)




Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) was one of the most popular characters...

...on the classic 60's sci-fi series "Lost In Space."

A cowardly comedic villain, Dr. Smith's most frequent catchphrase was "Oh, the pain...the pain."

Here's the first time he ever uttered those words on the show...


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Tubi Signs AVOD Deal with NBCUniversal -- Watch Xena, Hercules, The A-Team, Punky Brewster, The Incredible Hulk, Battlestar Galactica and more for Free!




TUBI SIGNS AVOD DEAL WITH NBCUNIVERSAL FOR NEARLY 400 TELEVISION EPISODES AND MOVIES - ACCELERATING ITS CONTENT GROWTH STRATEGY

Titles include beloved series such as Xena: Warrior Princess, The A-Team, Magnum, P.I., Punky Brewster, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, and Battlestar Galactica ’78

Tubi has the widest distribution of any ad-supported video on demand service and can be found on over 20 platforms and connected devices including iOS, Android, Comcast Xfinity X1, Roku and Amazon Fire TV


SAN FRANCISCO, February 28, 2019 – Tubi (www.tubi.tv), the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand (VOD) service today announced it has signed an AVOD deal with NBCUniversal, adding nearly 400 television episodes and movies as part of its aggressive plan to expand in 2019. Tubi customers will be able to easily access a variety of movies and television series from one of the world’s leading content libraries – completely free. Titles include iconic TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The A-Team, Punky Brewster, The Incredible Hulk, Quantum Leap and the original versions of Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, and She-Ra: Princess of Power.

“We’re excited to be a home to this robust library of world-class, iconic content from NBCUniversal that appeals across generations,” said Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi. “We are aggressively working to expand our library, and this is one of many deals to come for Tubi."

Tubi continues to expand its already massive content library which presently contains more than 12,000 movies and television series – and expects to grow it at an accelerated pace throughout the year. The company’s content volume is more than double in size to Netflix – approximately 40,000 hours of content. Tubi consistently ranks as one of the most watched apps on the world’s largest platforms including Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku iOS, Android, Xfinity X1, and many others. 

Tubi recently announced record growth in 2018, with 4.3 times the amount of content on the service over the previous year – and in December 2018, customers streamed nearly as much content as all of 2017. The company also announced plans to invest over nine figures into content acquisitions in 2019 to rapidly grow its already large catalog.

About Tubi
Headquartered in San Francisco, Tubi (www.tubi.tv) is the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand service with over 12,000 movies and television shows from nearly every major Hollywood studio. The service gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content which is available completely free. Currently available in the US and Canada, Tubi can be accessed through a large number of devices and apps including Samsung televisions, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Comcast’s X1, iOS, and Android. A full list of devices can be found here: https://tubitv.com/static/devices. Tubi is backed by Foundation Capital, Cota Capital, Jump Capital, and Danhua Capital, as well as strategic investors MGM, Lionsgate, and TEGNA Ventures.

About NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


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Saban Films Takes Richard Bates Jr.'s Horror-Thriller "TONE-DEAF"



SABAN FILMS TAKES RICHARD BATES JR.’S HORROR THRILLER “TONE-DEAF”

Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew Starrer to Make World Premiere at SXSW


LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s horror thriller Tone-Deaf.  The film stars Robert Patrick (“Scorpion,” Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Amanda Crew (“Silicon Valley,” Table 19), and is produced by Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith, and Best Medicine Productions’ Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen.  Tone-Deaf will make its World Premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Tone-Deaf follows millennial Olive (Crew) who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America.  She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey (Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who's struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon two generations collide with terrifying results in this home invasion horror film that is also a darkly comedic critique of the bizarre cultural and political climate that currently exists.      

Saban Films negotiated the deal along with Steve Break on behalf of the filmmakers.  Lightning Entertainment’s James C. Walker and Andrew Brown and Hindsight Media’s James Swarbrick executive produced along with James Scott, Tim Smith and Tracey McCarrick.

Out of Sundance, Saban Films most recently announced their partnership with Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, coming on board from script stage for the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  The company remains active in the acquisition and distribution space, with upcoming titles including: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan; The Professor, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama starring Johnny Depp; and Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde. 

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.

Recent titles include James Marsh’s King of Thieves starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon; the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer The Vanishing; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Eshom and Ian Nelms’ lauded feature Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.


About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.


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Frankenstein's Monster On Trial In "Ghost Of Frankenstein" (1942) (video)




In "Ghost Of Frankenstein", the Monster (Lon Chaney) is captured...

...and put on trial as a dangerous madman.

His little friend Chloestine (Janet Ann Gallow) appears as a character witness.

But Dr. Frankenstein (Cedric Hardwicke) drives the Monster into a rage until...

...he is drawn by the eerie music played by his sinister friend Ygor (Bela Lugosi).


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Big Jake/Tuco Mash-Up (John Wayne/Eli Wallach) (video)




I was watching the shower scene in "Big Jake" (1971) again today and it just struck me...

...how similar it is to Eli Wallach's bath scene in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (1966).

So I decided to sort of mash them together and see what happened.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Kumail Nanjiani And Adam McKay Partner on "NO GLORY" for Valparaiso Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions




Kumail Nanjiani and Adam Mckay partner on “NO GLORY” for Valparaiso Pictures and Gary Sanchez productions

Sam Bain to Adapt from Yet to Be Published Manuscript
 

LOS ANGELES (February 27, 2019) – Valparaiso Pictures today announced that Academy Award Nominee Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) is attached to star in the upcoming spy action comedy No Glory, which Sam Bain (Corporate Animals) is adapting based on the original manuscript of the same name.

Valparaiso Picture’s David Carrico and Adam Paulsen are producing alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell.  Valparaiso’s head of development Bobby Hoppey will executive produce. Academy Award winning producer/writer/director McKay (The Big Short, Vice) and Nanjiani are overseeing Bain’s script. 30WEST is co-repping the film with UTA.

Adam McKay said:  "I can't wait to dig into this incredible true story. With Kumail at the helm this has a chance to be really ‘special,’ as Kumail likes to say."

Valparaiso ‘s David Carrico continued: “This is the type of story that we created our company to help tell, narratives that can have broad commercial appeal without sacrificing artistry.  We found the prefect partners and storytellers in Kumail & Adam.”

No Glory is based on the manuscript which was written by a National Security Operative and author Scott Shephard about the operative’s time in service to the country, a unique account described as “The Rambunctious Patriotism and World-Wide Shenanigans of a First Generation American in the Clandestine Service of a Grateful and Mostly Unwitting Nation.”

Nanjiani was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, in which he also starred alongside Zoe Kazan.  He will next be seen in Columbia Pictures’ highly anticipated Men in Black: International and Universal Pictures’ The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

McKay wrote, directed and produced Vice starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay. He co-wrote and directed Paramount's The Big Short, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and earned an Oscar, BAFTA and WGA Award for best adapted screenplay.

McKay is a principal at Gary Sanchez Productions alongside Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell.  The company has a deal with Paramount, partnering on past films such as the R-rated action/fairy tale Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ($226 million), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($173 million) and the Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg family comedies Daddy’s Home ($242 million) and Daddy’s Home 2 ($180 million).

Bain penned Patrick Brice’s Corporate Animals starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms which just made its World Premiere at Sundance.  His upcoming comedy, The Stand-In, stars Drew Barrymore and Michael Zegen and is currently in production.

Valparaiso Pictures is quickly expanding its development and production portfolio. They recently premiered The Sound of Silence starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones in competition at Sundance 2019.

Nanjiani is represented by UTA and Mosaic. Bain by UTA.  Valparaiso Pictures is repped by Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings.



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John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #27: Shower, "Big Jake" (1971) (video)




Big Jake McCandles (John Wayne) enters a Mexican barbershop...

...which has a newfangled shower-bath contraption.

But while he's trying it out, one of the bad guys takes him by surprise.

Or is it the other way around?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Go Beyond the Big Screen for an Augmented Reality Experience Based on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – the Best Animated Feature Film




Sony Pictures Takes Augmented Reality Users “Into the Spider-Verse” With Mobile Web AR Experience 

8th Wall, Trigger and Amazon Web Services Bring Spider-Man™ to Life with Mobile Web AR Experience

LAS VEGAS — In anticipation of the nationwide release of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 8th Wall and Trigger today announced the launch of the film’s Mobile Web AR Experience. The immersive AR camera is built using 8th Wall Web and Amazon Sumerian technology running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is designed to let users interact with Spider-Man in augmented reality (AR) where they can take pictures and share them with friends.

The Spider-Verse Web AR Experience, powered by 8th Wall Web and Amazon Sumerian technology and produced by Trigger, is designed to allow users to easily jump directly into Spider-Man’s AR world on any smartphone, without having to download an app.

“Spider-Man is a perfect match for AR not only because his acrobatic moves and iconic poses lend themselves well to the format, but because he’s one of the most relatable superheroes,” said Rose Phillips, SVP, Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We’re excited to collaborate with 8th Wall, Amazon Sumerian and Trigger on Spider-Verse Web AR Experience and bring it to all – and new – Spider-Man fans.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique sensibilities to a fresh version of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.  Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where anyone can wear the mask. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman and story by Phil Lord, the producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg.

“The Spider-Verse Web AR Experience demonstrates how established brands can dramatically enrich their customer experiences and better engage with their fans,” said Erik Murphy-Chutorian, CEO at 8th Wall. “Augmented reality allows consumers to dive deeper into the worlds of their favorite products and characters. Sony Pictures has deepened and enriched the Spider-Man experience with the innovative work they’ve produced with Trigger and 8th Wall, and powered by AWS. It’s the perfect example of how AR for the web is the best new medium for brands to make their content come to life while increasing the accessibility and interactivity of their stories.”

"Spider-Man is in our DNA. My team has been a digital developer since the first Spider-Man film and Trigger has been developing AR for Spider-Man properties at Sony Pictures since 2014. We're excited to continue this longstanding collaboration with this experience for Spider-ManTM: Into the Spider-Verse,” says Jason Yim, CEO and Executive Creative Director for Trigger. “We believe Web AR is the final barrier for mass adoption of AR and we are honored to be part of the first large-scale web AR campaign with Sony Pictures, AWS, and 8th Wall as partners. Web AR will not only become the first entry to AR for most audiences, but it will build a foundation of behavior that will lift adoption in social, mobile and head mounted AR."

“Mobile Web AR is making possible for Sony Pictures to bring people into the world of Spider-Man and engage with the character like never before,” said Kyle Roche, General Manager, Amazon Sumerian, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Using Amazon Sumerian, the teams at 8th Wall and Trigger were able to deliver an immersive browser based AR experience and do so without any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. Together with Sony Pictures, we’re changing the way fans experience their favorite web slinger.”


Be part of the experience by visiting intothespiderverse-ar.com/


About Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
Columbia Pictures presents in association with Marvel an Avi Arad/Lord Miller/Pascal Pictures production a Sony Pictures Animation film, Spider-ManTM: Into the Spider-Verse. Featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, with Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html.

About 8th Wall, Inc.
Founded in 2016, 8th Wall, Inc. helps developers redefine markets by using augmented reality to break down the walls between the physical and digital worlds. 8th Wall’s cross-platform solution lets developers build AR-enriched experiences in minutes and deploy them to more than 3.2 billion mobile devices. 8th Wall is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, please visit: 8thwall.com. Follow 8th Wall on Twitter @the8thWall.

About Trigger
Trigger, The Mixed Reality Agency ™, invents unrivaled mixed reality experiences for the world’s top brands including: Sony, AMC, Honda, Mattel, LEGO, the Spider-Man movie franchise, and recent Star Wars movies. From major marketing campaigns to powerful enterprise solutions, their work combines premiere content with the latest technology, blending physical and digital worlds in innovative yet measurable ways. Trigger has over 125,000 hours of development in AR/VR/XR and is a showcase developer for Vuforia and Google. Trigger is also a Snapchat Lens Studio Partner, preferred developer for Facebook and an early developer for Magic Leap.

About Amazon Sumerian
Amazon Sumerian is a browser-based authoring tool designed to create and run for the development and publishing of AR, VR and 3D applications. Using Amazon Sumerian, developers and designers can build immersive apps quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. Experiences built with Sumerian are designed to be embedded into a web page or be consumed on popular hardware such as Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Google Daydream, and Lenovo Mirage as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. For more information, please visit aws.amazon.com/sumerian.


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Was "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Inspired By "Lost In Space"? (video)




Star Trek's "V'ger" and Lost In Space's "Mr. Nobody" aren't that different.

In both stories, an all-powerful being yearning to evolve...

...achieves transcendence through love.

Both are reborn as newly self-aware space-dwelling energy beings.


("Lost In Space" Season 1 Episode 7 "My Friend Mr. Nobody", 1965)

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Neon's "APOLLO 11" To Release Exclusively in IMAX® Theaters For One Week Only Beginning March 1




NEON’S APOLLO 11 TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVELY IN IMAX® THEATRES FOR ONE WEEK ONLY BEGINNING MARCH 1

FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN-FOOTAGE, APOLLO 11 IN IMAX IS A CINEMATIC EVENT 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING


New York, NY - February 13, 2019 - NEON and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) announced today “Apollo 11,” the highly-anticipated documentary which premiered to critical acclaim at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival, will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format and will initially release in IMAX® theatres exclusively for one week only beginning March 1, 2019.  With some of the most spectacular and rarest behind-the-scenes space footage captured from the first moon landing, it is a cinematic event 50 years in the making that was designed for IMAX, the movie experience that has been bringing audiences to space for decades.

From director/producer Todd Douglas Miller (“Dinosaur 13”), producer Thomas Petersen at Statement Pictures and executive producers Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, “Apollo 11” was crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. The film takes audiences straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, moviegoers vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Miller and team were working closely with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to locate all existing Apollo 11 footage when NARA staff members made a startling discovery that changed the course of the project: an unprocessed collection of 65mm large format footage, never before seen by the public, containing stunning shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities. The footage was so pristine and the find so significant that the project evolved beyond filmmaking into one of film curation and historic preservation. Commissioned by CNN Films to create a film about the most extraordinary event in human exploration, “Apollo 11” began taking shape as a documentary feature film.

Director, Todd Douglas Miller remarked on the release, "We’re so excited to be working with NEON and IMAX on this very special event film. Ever since we saw the first frame of 65mm film footage roll off the film scanner we always envisioned ‘Apollo 11’ to be seen on the biggest screens possible. IMAX theaters are the cathedrals of cinema and we can’t think of a more perfect way for audiences to enjoy the adventure of ‘Apollo 11’." 

“Miller’s film is a stunning achievement in filmmaking,” said Megan Colligan President of IMAX Entertainment. “The film is immersive, crisp and clear.  Audiences can palpably feel the tension, immense pride and overwhelming joy of the team that came together to make the impossible possible. We at IMAX couldn’t be happier to be partnering with NEON in the release of ‘Apollo 11’.”

The more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings were made by two custom recorders which captured individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission. “Apollo 11” film team members created code to restore the audio and make it searchable, then began the multi-year process of listening to and documenting the recordings, an effort that yielded remarkable new insights into key events of the mission as well as surprising moments of humor and camaraderie.

The digitization of the 65mm collection—as well as the re-scanning of 16mm and 35mm materials—was undertaken at Final Frame, a post-production house in New York City, which helped create a custom scanner, capable of high dynamic range scanning at resolutions up to 8K. The resulting transfer—from which the film was cut—is the highest resolution, highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.

Constructed entirely from archival materials and eschewing talking heads, “Apollo 11” captures the enormity of the event by giving audiences of all ages the direct experience of being there. When John F. Kennedy pledged in 1962 to put Americans on the moon by the end of the decade, he described it as a bold act of faith and vision. “Apollo 11” bears witness to the culmination of that pledge, when America and the world came together in an extraordinary act of unity and resolve, to achieve one of the greatest and most complex feats in human history.

“Apollo 11” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The film currently holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of September 30, 2018, there were 1,443 IMAX theatre systems (1,346 commercial multiplexes, 13 commercial destinations, 84 institutional) operating in 79 countries and territories.  On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

ABOUT NEON:
2018 was a record-breaking year for NEON, with the release of Craig Gillespie’s runaway hit I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the Academy Award winner for best supporting actress, Allison Janney, as well as Matt Spicer's Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-Winner Ingrid Goes West. Three years after inception, the company continues to push the boundaries and take creative risks on bold content.

NEON acquired three of the most talked about features at last year’s Sundance Film Festival:  Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters & Men, winner of the Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature; Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation; and Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which has surpassed $13m at the box office.  Upcoming releases include:  Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, the electrifying Amazing Grace, and Todd Douglas Miller’s cinematic event, Apollo 11, which just had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya, in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.



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All The Crawling Hand Scenes In "The Crawling Hand" (1963) (video)




A dead astronaut's hand is reanimated by deadly radiation...

...and goes on a killing spree.

Watch for Peter Breck ("The Big Valley") and Alan Hale, Jr. ("Gilligan's Island").

And look out for those cats!


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





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Sunday, February 24, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #26: Sheep, "Big Jake" (1971) (video)




Jacob McCandles (John Wayne) is a harsh and unpleasant kind of man. 

Just the kind of man you want on your side in the rough days of the Old West.

One sheepman with a noose around his neck (Bernard Fox) finds this out the hard way...

...when Big Jake steps in to stop him from being lynched by a gang of cattlemen.


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



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Saturday, February 23, 2019

NEXT OF KIN -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




A real gem in 80s Australian cinema, NEXT OF KIN (Severin Films, 1982) breaks through all the usual Ozploitation gore and sensationlism to give us a down-under-sized taste of Euro-inspired horror with touches of Giallo.

Not that it doesn't shock, or shies away from morbid elements that give it a nice shivery ambience.  But in the pleasingly literate script by director Tony Williams and Michael Heath, nothing's gratuitous--every dead, bloated body in a bathtub, every bashed-in skull, every punctured eyeball drives the plot relentlessly forward.

In fact, the story takes its sweet time getting started, allowing us to settle comfortably into the relatively normal world of an ivy-covered old folks' home--actually a sprawling mansion--before gradually turning it into a nightmare. It's here that Linda (Jacki Kerin, effective in her only feature film) grew up and is now returning after having inherited the place from her recently-deceased mother.


Linda's a likable sort with a good head on her shoulders, easing back into old relationships with the townspeople including old boyfriend Barney (John Jarratt, DJANGO UNCHAINED, WOLF CREEK) and taking over the home's frazzled financial management, but even she quickly becomes a nervous wreck when people start dying and generally weird, almost supernatural things begin to happen inside that dark, spooky old building.

Some of it seems to be connected to a mystery surrounding her mother's death and how certain people on the staff may be involved. This includes resident physician Dr. Barton (familiar face Alex Scott of "Lillie", "The Avengers", FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES) and the efficient but enigmatic Connie (Gerda Nicolson, GALLIPOLI, "Prisoner: Cell Block H"), both of whom seem in on some secret they're keeping from Linda.

A new resident, Mrs. Ryan (Bernadette Gibson, "Prisoner: Cell Block H"), adds another shadowy presence to the group of old people whose age and infirmity are played for maximum effect in grotesque and squeamish ways.  Most disturbing of all is the dark, unknown figure who keeps popping up in Linda's periphery like Michael Myers.


The first half of the film indulges us in a slow, simmering buildup with little violence or overt terror but lots of eerie Gothic unease and creepy-crawly suspense punctuated by a few very effective jump-scares.  As the mystery surrounding her mother's death closes in around Linda, nightmare flashbacks increase her emotional distress, with whatever malignant force that was always within the house now threatening to come after her as well.

Once all this meticulous build-up has been established, the story then plunges us into the kind of bloody horror and nail-biting suspense that we've been primed for.  Even here, the film shows remarkable restraint, never getting too wildly improbable or going off the deep end, and keeps us solidly involved in what's going on until the last frame.

As a work of cinema, NEXT OF KIN is exquisite, with director Tony Williams' constantly inventive staging only occasionally calling attention to itself due to its sheer ingenuity.  (I was reminded at times of Dario Argento.) Cinematography and lighting are equally good, frequently lavishing us with the most eye-pleasing visuals that such a setting might yield. Also adding to the overall effect is a musical score by Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schultze.


The Blu-ray from Severin Films is transferred from original Australian vault elements and looks fantastic.  The bonus menu includes two commentary tracks--an informative one with director Williams and producer Tim White, and a more informal one with members of the cast--as well as interviews with Williams and actor John Jarratt, deleted scenes, trailers, early short films by Tony Williams, an image gallery, a location revisit, and more.  The Blu-ray cover is reversible.

Unlike many films of this nature, NEXT OF KIN proved to be effortlessly involving--without overly relying on lurid sensation--right up to its most satisfactory fadeout, which I found even more impressive once I learned how ingeniously executed that final shot was.  It's one of the best Australian horror films I've seen, a real standout among that industry's most memorable cult classics. 


Buy it from Severin Films

Release Date:2/26/19

Special Features:
Commentary with Director Tony Williams and Producer Tim White
Commentary with Mark Hartley & Cast Members Jackie Kerin, John Jarrett & Robert Ratti
House Of Psychotic Women Intro By Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV
Extended Interviews from Not Quite Hollywood
Return to Monteclare: Location Revisit, 2018
Deleted Scenes
Before the Night is Out: Ballroom Footage, 1979
Original Theatrical Trailer
UK VHS Trailer
German Theatrical Trailer
Alternate German Opening
Image Gallery
Tony Williams Short Films
REVERSIBLE COVER




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