Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
We Are Still Here Theatrical/VOD Film Review
Friday, May 29, 2015
REV YOUR CHAINSAWS! STARZ RELEASES NEW TEASERS FOR “ASH VS EVIL DEAD”
REV YOUR CHAINSAWS!
STARZ RELEASES NEW TEASERS FOR
“ASH VS EVIL DEAD”
Original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell Serve as Executive Producers on the Series
starring Campbell and Lucy Lawless among others
View Video: http://www.starz.com/videos/video/ce3af37100774f30a6082c0d69a66c32
Beverly Hills, Calif., May 29, 2015 – The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” is rolling out new teasers this week for the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. “Ash vs Evil Dead,” which is currently in production in New Zealand, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in Fall 2015.
Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Films on Fandor in June!
The Importance Of Genre Media.
Sci-Fi has long suffered a stigma along with fantasy and horror of not being considered literate or being just for kids, but anyone who closes their imaginations off to the genres does so at the expense of their own imagination and to the detriment to their development as a human being.
CinéSalon: Jean-Claude Carrière: "Writing the Impossible" at FIAF in June & July!
This June and July, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents a new CinéSalon series featuring some of the most subversive and surreal films of the past 50 years. In Writing the Impossible, works by leading directors—including Buñuel, Malle, and Godard—are united by one common thread: the imaginative French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière.
Celebrating Carrière’s recent Honorary Oscar and extraordinary career, this retrospective highlights the screenwriter’s singular talent for bringing the impossible to life onscreen. Cinematic enigmas, surreal films, and novels that seem to defy adaptation are subject to Carrière’s strange and playful vision, resulting in some of the most groundbreaking and transgressive films of the past decades.
· The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, dir. Luis Buñuel & Heureux Anniversaire, dir. Pierre Etaix and Jean-Claude Carrière, Tuesday, June 2 at 4 & 7:30pm.7:30pm screening introduced by film critic Florence Colombani
· La Piscine, dir. Jacques Deray, Tuesday, June 9 at 4 & 7:30pm.7:30pm screening introduced by French designer Maud Heline
· Every Man for Himself, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Tuesday, June 16 at 4& 7:30pm.
· Valmont, dir. Miloš Forman, Tuesday, June 23 at 4 & 7:30pm.
· Swann in Love, dir. Volker Schlöndorff, Tuesday, June 30 at 4& 7:30pm.
· Max mon amour, dir. Nagisa Ôshima, Tuesday, July 7 at 4 & 7:30pm.
· Danton, dir. Adrzej Wajda, Tuesday, July 14 at 4 & 7:30pm.Special for Bastille Day!
· May Fools (Milou en mai), dir.Louis Malle, Tuesday, July 21 at 4 & 7:30pm.
· Birth, dir. Jonathan Glazer, Tuesday, July 29 at 4 & 7:30pm.
CinéSalon • June/July 2015
Jean-Claude Carrière: Writing the Impossible
Tuesday, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and July 7, 14, 21 & 28
Free for FIAF Members!
This summer, catch some of the most subversive and surreal films of the past 50 years. In this series, works by leading directors—including Buñuel, Malle, and Godard—are united by one common thread: the imaginative French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière.
From unfilmable literary adaptations to outlandish ideas, Carrière has a singular talent for bringing the impossible to life onscreen. Celebrate his recent Governer’s Award and extraordinary career with a retrospective of his wonderfully weird contributions to cinema.
'WE ARE STILL HERE' ARRIVES IN THEATERS AND ON VOD JUNE 5, 2015
UPDATED WITH COVER ART!!! LOST AFTER DARK revives the 80s...to death! Coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 1st from Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Brooklyn Film Festival 18th Annual Festival Lineup
Brooklyn Film Festival 18th Annual Festival Lineup
Opening Night Film: Manson Family Vacation
Executive produced by Jay & Mark Duplass, the film was acquired by Netflix at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
This year’s festival is comprised of 108 features and shorts from 26 countries spread over 5 continents and of these, 17 are world premieres and 30 US premieres, with Ryan Carmichael’s But Not For Me as the lone narrative feature world premiere. This New York City film stars Marcus Carl Franklin, Elena Urioste, Maria Vermeulen and Roger Guenveur Smith.
In addition to But Not For Me, BFF films with a NYC connection include Matthew Yeager’s US premiere Valedictorian, starring Brian Dell, Jennifer Prediger and Eleonore Hendricks; Onur Turkel’s Abby Singer/Songwriter , also starring Prediger, along with Turkel and Josephine Decker, Harvey Mitkas’ Devil Town, starring Lindsay Burdge, Alex Karpovsky, Lawrence Michael Levine, Jennifer Prediger (no, we’re not kidding), Sophia Takal, Brooke Bloom, Noah Gershman, Jen Kim, Alex Ross Perry and Caveh Zahedi; Alison Bagnall’s Funny Bunny, starring Kentucker Audley, Joslyn Jensen, Olly Alexander, Louis Cancelmi, Josephine Decker, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Grace Gonglewski, Caridad de la Luz and Nicholas Webber; Frank Hall Green’s Wildlike, starring Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Teddy Kyle Smith, Nolan Gerard Funk, Ann Dowd, Diane Farr, Joshua Leonard, and Jack & Robert Schurman’s documentary Wild Home.
"The 2015 fest has a number of fantastic films from local filmmakers that shows the diverse creative visions of our city's filmmakers," says Director of Programming Bryce J. Renninger. "Work from across the country and the world round out the lineup, exploring and exemplifying this year's theme of Illuminate with their intelligence and ingenuity."
Expanding on the theme, BFF executive director Marco Ursino says “Illuminate is designed to showcase a new generation of filmmakers and their visions as part of the larger Brooklyn creative story,” adding “The festival hopes to spotlight storytelling without boundaries and welcome multi-layered stories, including the abstract and the inspirational, the intriguing and the ironic. The festival is simply looking for projects that reflect a creative, furious, explosive, and uncontainable intelligence.”
Other special events during the fest include the 11th annual KidsFilmFest 2015 on Saturday, May 30th at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP; the Filmmakers Party on June 3rd at Billet & Bellows; the BFF Exchange series of panels and a pitch session on June 6th; “The Illuminate Party,” also on June 6th, and the June 7th Awards Ceremony.
Main BFF venues are the Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios in Greenpoint. Satellite locations include Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Made in New York Media Center By IFP in Dumbo, and BRIC House in Fort Greene.
The complete Feature lineup is as follows. Winners of the various festival awards as chosen by the fest juries and Board of Directors receive a total of $50,000 in prizes and film services from festival sponsors Panavision NY, Abelcine, Xeno Lights, Media Services, Film Friends, Mik Cribben Steady-Cam, Cinecall Soundtracks and Windmill Studios.
Manson Family Vacation Director: J. Davis - Two brothers (Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) reunite when the more free-spirited brother shows up at the other's door with nothing but a backpack. Together, they get to know each other again while touring the sites of Charles Manson's exploits and exploring Manson's contemporary life. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Abby Singer/Songwriter Director: Onur Tukel - Divorced stockbroker Jamie Block was once an indie-rock star. Going through a life crisis, he teams up with a filmmaker to make a series of music videos in this trippy, funny film. EAST COAST PREMIERE
But Not for Me Director: Ryan Carmichael - Will is a young writer working at an ad agency as a copywriter. Like many others his age, he is hiding his true passion for philosophy and music and holding back his true thoughts, until a relationship with a young woman inspires him. WORLD PREMIERE
Devil Town Director: Harvey Mitkas - A young woman enlists a shady detective to help her find her missing sister in this neo-noir with a cast of indie film favorites.
Eadweard Director: Kyle Rideout - A psychological biopic that explores the mind of Eadweard Muybridge, the godfather of cinema, who was also the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict after killing his wife’s lover. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Funny Bunny Director: Alison Bagnall - A young canvasser and a loner teenager who is estranged from his parents go on a journey to meet Ginger, the animal activist with whom the teen has developed an online relationship. EAST COAST PREMIERE
God Bless the Child Directors: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck - In this beautifully realized observational narrative, Harper, the oldest of five siblings, must take care of her siblings. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Inferno Director: Vinko Moderndorfer - In this Slovenian realist drama, young working class family must deal with the struggles of unemployment while the global economy crumbles and local labor rebels. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Sweaty Betty Directors: Joe Frank and Zachary Reed - Two stories come out of the row houses on the border of Washington, D.C. — a pig, Ms. Charlotte, is carted around, vying for a chance to be a team mascot for the Washington Redskins; and two teenage best friends come into ownership of a dog that they attempt to sell. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Valedictorian Director: Matthew Yeager - Ben feels less and less in touch with his life in New York City, and over a year, he must confront the connections — or lack thereof — he feels with those he considers close. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Wildlike Director: Frank Hall Green - When teenage Mackenzie is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska, she knows it’s not right for her. Shortly after arriving, she embarks on a journey headed south to find her mother.
20 Years of Madness Director: Jeremy Royce - The founder of a mid-90’s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the cast twenty years later to make a new episode and discovers that his friends and former collaborators are struggling with the hard realities of adulthood.
Chameleon Director: Ryan Mullins - The elusive undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is one of Ghana’s most popular figures. Though the charismatic investigator has named and shamed various high profile malfeasants, his identity remains hidden. U.S. PREMIERE
Deep Web Director: Alex Winter - Thirty-year-old entrepreneur Ross William Ulbricht has been convicted for operating the online black market Silk Road. This comprehensive documentary tracks the history of the site and the vigorously pursued case against Ulbricht.
Frame by Frame Directors: Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli - Photography was outlawed in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan; however, with the fall of the Taliban, photographers have been key documenters of the changing nation.
Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi Director: Neal Broffman - Four weeks after disappearing from his apartment as a student at Brown University, Sunil Tripathi was accused of being Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombings. The false accusations disrupted his family, steadfastly working with his friends to find him.
I Am Thor Director: Ryan Wise - Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilder, steel gender, and rock star in the 70’s and 80’s who led the theatrical band THOR. Today, he seeks to reclaim his mantle as a high-energy rock star. EAST COAST PREMIERE
Paradiso Director: Omar A. Razzak - Projectionist Rafael works hard to tidy up and maintain Madrid’s last remaining adult movie theater, Duque de Alba. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Placebo Director: Abhay Kumar - One of the most competitive medical schools, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has an acceptance rate of less than 0.1%. The high academic standards leave a harsh toll on the students. U.S. PREMIERE
We Were Rebels Directors: Katharina von Schroeder and Florian Schewe - Agel took up arms when he was ten to participate in the fight for an independent South Sudan. After leaving the conflict, Agel has returned to an independent South Sudan, where he is the captain of the national basketball team and worries over the young nation's fragile democracy.
Wild Home Directors: Jack Schurman and Robert Schurman - Deep in the woods of Maine, Bob Miner, a Vietnam Veteran rehabilitates abused and abandoned animals. He and his wife have built a kingdom for lions, tigers, hyenas, kangaroos, black bears, and over 200 other species of animals that attracts a diverse set of visitors
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***First Trailer & Poster Available For Sundance Darling THE END OF THE TOUR Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel / Opening July 31st***
THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties - but it's never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky's closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer-Prize winner Donald Margulies' insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.
DIRECTED BY: James Ponsoldt
WRITTEN BY: Donald Margulies
STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner
RUN TIME: 106 minutes
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2015
LOST AFTER DARK revives the 80s...to death! Coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 1st from Anchor Bay Entertainment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2015
“The best 80s slasher movie that wasn’t filmed in the 80s.”
-- Sean Decker, DreadCentral
“Director Ian Kessner got the tone exactly right.”
-- Fred Topel, Crave Online
“Countless imitators have laid claim to being a throwback 80s slasher homage...Lost After Dark is the real deal.” – Ian Sedensky, CultureCrypt
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
CELEBRATES THE ‘80S WITH
LOST AFTER DARK
Totally available on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 1st
BEVERLY HILLS – If you thought the 80s were dead -- think again! On September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. The exciting directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, Lost After Dark proudly features visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat. So thrown on a pair of acid wash jeans and go full-on tubular with Lost After Dark! SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for the DVD, with pre-book on July 31st.
Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, "Wingin' It"), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens' party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group's quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?
Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow ("The 100"), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley(Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Adult Swim Presents The Virtual Brainload in Partnership with WEVR
Adult Swim Presents The Virtual Brainload in Partnership with WEVR
Network’s First Virtual Reality Experience Now Available Exclusively on Google Play
Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network with young adults for over a decade, is reaching beyond the television screen to invite fans to immerse themselves in a bodiless journey of the mind with a virtual reality experience unlike anything else in the marketplace. Developed in partnership with WEVR, The Virtual Brainload takes viewers on a visual and sonic trip through outer space.
The Virtual Brainload is available now as a free app on Google Play and ready for launch with the Google Cardboard headset, which must be purchased separately. Previously only available as an in-person experiential activation with the Meatwad Fulldome Experience, The Virtual Brainload meets fans where they are with a dazzling animated presentation that gives a special glimpse of the backside of reality.
This initiative is Turner Broadcasting’s first release in the virtual reality sector and provides new and unique opportunities for creative development, programming and advertising. It kicks off an ambitious network expansion into this exciting new space, with plans for deeper, custom-created content to roll out later in 2015 and beyond.
“We know our audiences are early adopters and we aim to surprise them with new experiences like this,” said Jill King, senior vice president, consumer and partnership marketing, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. “As we develop immersive content for our fans, we will keep our advertising partners front of mind and seek out opportunities to extend their brand into these experiences.”
The Virtual Brainload joins Adult Swim’s successful slate of mobile offerings, currently charting nearly 77 million total downloads and including the Webby-nominated Robot Unicorn Attack 2.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Digital HD July 7th
For Immediate Release
“Informative and infuriating.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“As fascinating as it is horrifying.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
From the Academy Award®Nominated Director of FOOD, INC.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT
Arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack* & Digital HD July 7
Bonus Features Include Deleted Scenes, Director Commentary and more!
CULVER CITY, Calif. (May 26, 2015) – MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, a satirical look at corporate deception, will arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack & Digital HD July 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary by Sony Pictures Classics, inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway, and directed by Academy Award® nominee Robert Kenner (Best Documentary, Food, Inc., 2010), MERCHANTS OF DOUBT explores how the media can twist and spin stories, confuse the public, and delay public action on some of the most pressing issues of modern times – from tobacco to climate change.
The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday hailed MERCHANTS OF DOUBT as “a brisk, engrossing portrait of enviro-spin,” and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called the film “as fascinating as it is horrifying.” Kenner interviews individuals on both sides of the argument including scientists, whistle blowers and activists to get a full perspective on the issues at hand. Some of the most insightful moments include interviews with former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis; Marc Morano, Executive Director of ClimateDepot.com; and Stanton Glantz, an American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control.
The MERCHANTS OF DOUBT Blu-ray Combo Pack contains special bonus features including deleted scenes, commentary with director Robert Kenner, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Q&A with Robert Kenner.
*Combo Pack Includes Blu-ray and DVD
Inspired by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway’s acclaimed book, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet contrarily are aiming to spread maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Special Bonus Features include:
• Deleted Scenes
• Commentary with Director Robert Kenner
• TIFF Q&A with Robert Kenner
The film has a runtime of 96 minutes & is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.