Friday, July 31, 2015

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who donated and sponsored me so that I could help raise money for Clarion's 2016 class of aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers.

New Releases on Fandor

New Featured Release: De jueves a domingo, directed by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo

A family vacation, a road trip, a eulogy for a marriage and a coming-of-age story, all gorgeously wound into one journey by car across the Chilean landscape toward a mysterious plot of land. 

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John Cassavetes' 'Unfashionable Thing'

Cassavetes and the SFIFF have a long and warm history.

New Wave Musicals

A video essay inspired by Starstruck's fashion and songs.
New on Fandor
Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972)
dir. Jess Franco
Now on Fandor in conjunction with its home video release: Franco's horror-comic-inspired, perverse and unforgettable riff on a classic creation myth.
Quadrophenia (1979)
dir. Franc Roddam
From working-class London to the coast of Brighton, disaffected boy-gangs of Mods and Rockers face off to the pulsating and chaotic sounds of The Who. 
Hotel Polski (2009)
dir. Kama Veymont
A documentary that sheds light on mysterious historical event that occured in 1943 in occupied Warsaw: the story of a top-secret Jewish Embassy.
Jobriath A.D. (2013)
dir. Kieran Turner
Follow the meteoric rise and fall, tragic early death and enduring artistic influence of Jobriath, the erstwhile glam icon and first openly gay rock star. 
In Other News
Love and Filmmaking
Richard Leacock and Valérie Lalonde fell in love on film and kept going, and Kevin B. Lee's new video essay examines their romantically enhanced vérité.

Explore a collaboration
Happy Birthday, FIX!
Our latest feature commemorates the first anniversary of this growing initiative,introducing five FIXers with a diverse array of films available now. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CLIP: Watch Abigail Breslin & Alexander Ludwig Star in Thriller "Final Girl" in theaters and on demand August 14

Celebrity Photographer Tyler Shields Makes Directorial Debut with FINAL GIRL

Starring Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin and The Hunger Games Stars Wes Bentley and Alexander Ludwig

Arrives in Theaters and Video On Demand August 14th 

"Sardonic, Smart, Stylized Thriller. "

Known for his dark and alluring imagery, photographer to the stars Tyler Shields serves as first time director for the sure to be cult thriller FINAL GIRL.  The film stars Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, New Year's Eve, Zombieland) as Veronica, a young, blonde beauty that becomes the prey of a group of teenage boys, who hunt and kill girls for sport.

FINAL GIRL will debut in select theaters, Digital HD, and Video On Demand on August 14th from Cinedigm and Nasser Entertainment.

Also starring BAFTA Film Award nominee Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor), Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys) and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga).

As director, Shields brings the story to life with an eerie vision that is unsettling yet intriguing.  "The idea behind FINAL GIRL was no CGI, no fake effects.  I wanted it to be as real as could be," he says.  "The fights are real, the cold was real and therefore, the performances are real.  It was certainly a challenge, but I think everyone in the movie will agree it was worth it."
Who's playing who in this NEW clip "Ready For The Game" from FINAL GIRL

Abigail Breslin and Alexander Ludwig star in FINAL GIRL

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TBS Programming Alert 08-17-15

Programming Alert

Week of August 17, 2015



SEASON FINALE: "Reunion" - Tuesday, August 18, at 10 p.m.(ET/PT) - TV-MA-L
The gang relives their adolescence at their high school reunion. Meanwhile, Joy is stuck at the barbershop keeping Lonnie company while he waits for his date.

Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman

America's Next Weatherman

"Breaking News" - Saturday, August 22, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) - TV-MA-L
The weathercasters must deal with hecklers as they give their first report out in the field and deal with some catastrophic breaking news back at the studio.

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TNT Programming Alert 08-17-15

TNT Programming Alert

Week of August 17, 2015


Murder in the First

Murder in the First

"Down Time" – Monday, August 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-MA-LV
Terry and Hildy take a high-ranking officer into custody, while Suger faces a new and unexpected threat to Potrero. Meanwhile, Molk uncovers unsettling information about a potential prostitution ring.

Directed by Martha Mitchell
Written by Jonathan Abrahams & Daniele Nathanson
Created by Steven Bochco & Eric Lodal

Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles

"Sister Sister– Tuesday, August 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV
When a dog trainer is found dead at home, her champion Rottweiler is the prime suspect. As the team investigates this unlikely killer, Maura has a peculiar interaction with Kent.

Directed by Steve Robin
Written by Ken Hanes
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen



SEASON FINALE: "Tsunami: Part Two– Tuesday, August 18, at 10 p.m.(ET/PT) – TV-MA-LV 
Carolyn makes a devastating choice as her proof investigations, personal life and professional life all come to a dangerous head. Turing undergoes a life-threatening surgery.

Directed by Nelson McCormick
Written by Nick Thiel & Rob Bragin 

Cold Justice

Cold Justice

"Up In Flames– Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV
Real-life crime series Cold Justice follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they dig into small-town murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or justice. In this episode, the Cold Justice team goes to Iowa to work with the Johnson County Sheriffs Office on the 1995 case of a mother and gifted artist who was found dead in her car after a huge explosion

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes

"And Justice For Flint: Part 2– Friday, August 21, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLSV
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes is an all-new series focusing on sexual assault cases. Like its predecessor Cold Justice, the new series follows a pair of top-notch investigators as they assist local law enforcement agencies in bringing justice for the victims of violent crime and their families. In this episode, former Harris County prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O'Neill are back in Flint, Mich., continuing to work the city's cold cases - including a young girl whose online meeting turned into a real world nightmare after a chilling assault.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship

"Valkyrie– Sunday, August 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-LV
Sean Ramsey broadcasts a message implicating the Navy in a devastating disaster. It's now more important than ever for Chandler to infiltrate their network and regain the trust of the American people. Nathan James locates the source of the Immune's signal - a mysterious oil platform in the middle of the ocean. Once there, Chandler and his team engage in a brutal battle with civilian forces who have aligned themselves with the Ramsey's plan.

Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Steven Kane

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

"Reunion– Sunday, August 23, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-LV
Tom gains a powerful new weapon against the Espheni. Ben puts his life on the line to extract enemy plans. Pope discovers that Tom is alive, and launches a final attack. Meanwhile, the 2nd Mass must reassess their situation when an unexpected visitor appears.

Directed by Brad Turner
Written by Marc Dube
Created by Robert Rodat

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Off The Cuff Haul - Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Off The Cuff Haul - The Return Of Sharknado 3

Bloodcurdling Horror Film Eaters Arriving On DVD, Digital HD and On Demand October 6

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 29, 2015) Lionsgate Home Entertainment is serving up blood-curdling scares when Eaters arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand October 6th. Marcelle Bowman (Last Days), Robert Dean (Jim), Jonathan Haltiwanger (TV's "Street Behavior") and Hannah Risinger (TV's "Dead of Night") star as friends embarking on the scariest road trip of their lives. 

Five friends embark on an epic road trip, but when one friend disappears at a rest stop, their search brings them face to face with a violent biker gang. After a narrow escape from death, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling when they find themselves being stalked in an abandoned town.


The Eaters DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98, respectively.



Year of Production:  2014

Title Copyright:©2015 Ruthless Pictures, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: R for violence, disturbing images and language throughout


Closed Captioned: English

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 90 minutes

Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:11)

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital 


This Side of the Impossible, Featuring Clairvoyance, Telekinesis and ESP, Coming to NYC This August



Winner! “Best of the Fest” – 2014 San Francisco Fringe Festival

Internationally-Renowned Mentalist Sebastian Boswell III    

Makes His New York City Debut


Featuring Amazing Demonstrations of ClairvoyanceTelekinesisExtra Sensory Perception and Strange Physical Feats

Part of the 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, A Production of the Present Company                                                       


NEW YORK, NY, July 29, 2015 – THIS SIDE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, a dazzling new show featuring demonstrations of telekinesis, clairvoyance and extra sensory perception by world-renowned mentalist Sebastian Boswell III, will make its New York premiere in the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival.

THIS SIDE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE is a performance of mental mysteries and physical wonders as practiced by mystics and fakirs throughout history and demonstrated by Sebastian Boswell III, who emphatically insists he is not a magician, but possesses his extraordinary powers as a result of a lifetime of travel and study. Each show, which features amazing demonstrations of ESP, clairvoyance, telekinesis and strange physical feats, will entertain, enlighten and leave audiences amazed at the potential of all human beings.


About The Show


THIS SIDE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE was awarded "Best of the Fringe" at the 2014 San Francisco International Fringe Festival. The show was created over the course of four years, from 2010 through 2014, when Sebastian was performing every Saturday night to sold-out shows at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco.


Who Is Sebastian Boswell III?


"To make the claims I do I am either telling the truth, lying or insane,” says Sebastian. “And I assure you I am not lying."

Sebastian is widely considered to be one of the most distinctive performers in the field of mentalism and the demonstration of seemingly physical impossibilities. As an international performer, his career spans the distance from the theaters of Helsinki, Finland to the music stages of Norman, Oklahoma, and nearly everywhere in between.

It is not clear how long Sebastian has been performing professionally. It is at least 20 years, and some say he has been performing for decades, perhaps longer. He claims to have been peers with Houdini, of whom Sebastian holds a low opinion. Sebastian also claims to have been present when Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel created the surrealist film The Andalusian Dog.

What is clear is that the accumulated knowledge and skill he demonstrates amazes his audiences and often leaves them feeling like they have witnessed the defining moment of their lives.

Production Details


THIS SIDE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE will be presented at Under St. Mark’s on Saturday, August 15 at 7pmTuesday, August 18 at 3:30pmThursday, August 20 at 5:15pmSaturday, August 22 at 3:30pm; and Monday, August 24 at 7pm.

Under St. Mark’s is located at 94 St. Mark’s Place in New York City.

Tickets are available by visiting

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I am in need of a sponsor for the Clarion Write-a-Thon, which ends August 1, 2015.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if your favorite Filmmaker, Author, Writer or Comic Book genius like Stan Lee never received the sponsorship and support to develop his craft and deliver us the many characters and inspirations we all love and have? The world would be a sadder place. I am trying to raise money for charity for the next year's generation of science fiction and fantasy writers to attend the renowned Clarion Writer's Workshop in Seattle.

I really need a sponsor in order to make my participation in this charity mean something. I have written beyond my goal of thirty pages to fifty pages. Please click on the link below and find Mark Rivera among the writers participating here. Please, there are three days left. Whoever sponsors me and donates any amount on my page will receive a free signed hard copy of my first novel The Final Arbiter and when it is published, a free signed copy of my next book too. Please click on the link below and search for Mark Rivera among the writers and click on my profile and sponsor and donate to this scholarship fund for the next generation of science fiction and fantasy authors. The deadline is August 1, 2015. Thank you.




NEW YORK – July 28, 2015 – Syfy and Universal Cable Productions today announced they have greenlit Blood Drive, a high-octane, over-the-top scripted series in the classic grindhouse movie tradition. Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the 13-episode series centers around LA’s last good cop who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race -- with cars powered by blood and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel.

Blood Drive is from executive producers John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening, The Shield) and David Straiton (Bates Motel, Hemlock Grove), who will also direct.

James Roland wrote the pilot under Hlavin’s supervision and will also serve as supervising producer. Fredrik Malmberg (Conan the Barbarian) and Mark Wheeler will serve as producers. Universal Cable Productions will be the studio.

Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:  “This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.”


“The grindhouse cinema style remains largely untapped in television. The combination of gritty action and dark humor can push the envelope in some fun and unexpected ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Blood Drive has all these elements and more. We’re excited to partner with John Hlavin and David Straiton to bring this cool, action-packed series to life.”

Empire Online Exclusive BVS Images.

The following images were revealed as part of Empire Online's exclusive preview images from Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and can be viewed directly with the accompanying article at this link below.

In addition big thanks to both Leonard Sultana at An Englishman In San Diego and to the Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Google Plus page without whom I may have missed the opportunity to share these with you all. Links are below. Thank you.

The Entire Beloved TV Show Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series Deluxe Remastered Edition Arrives on DVD October 6

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 28, 2015) - Relive every touching moment of the family-favorite series with Laura, Pa and the entire Ingalls family when Little House on the PrairieThe Complete Series Deluxe Remastered Edition Gift Set arrives on DVD October 6th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The 48-disc set features all nine fully restored and remastered seasons, including the original broadcast-length episodes and eight hours of bonus material. A wonderful holiday gift for both new and returning fans of the timeless show, the collection is presented in an iconic "Little House" package, featuring a recreation of the Ingalls family home.  In addition, Little House on the Prairie: Season Seven Deluxe Remastered Editionmakes its debut on DVD (plus Digital) on October 6.  


Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series Deluxe Remastered Edition Gift Set

Fall in love again with the classic TV series that celebrates family, faith and the human spirit, and enjoy the nine-season saga with vividly restored picture and sound. Completely uncut and remastered, this 48-disc set features all nine seasons and is packed with eight hours of bonus material, including the 96-minute original pilot movie, a cast screen test with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, the six-part  "The 'Little House' Phenomenon" documentary that takes a historical look back at the acclaimed series and three movie specials. Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series Gift Set will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $149.98


Little House on the Prairie: Season Seven Deluxe Remastered Edition

In season seven of this timeless series, change is in the air!  It's wedding bells and a baby on the way for Laura and Almanzo.  Adam's sight returns and he and Mary open a law practice.  Laura begins teaching in Walnut Grove; Nellie's pregnancy ignites a family disagreement and Albert's love for Sylvia stirs rumors.  The townswomen fight for equal property rights and the Ingalls consider adoption. Captured with restored picture and sound, season seven's 22 uncut, remastered episodes are a collection to cherish. Little House on the Prairie: Season Seven Deluxe Remastered Edition will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.98.



  • Pilot Movie
  • Original Screen Test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert
  • Six-Part "The 'Little House' Phenomenon" Documentary
  • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part One - A Place in Television History" 
  • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part Two - In the Beginning..." 
    • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part Three - Casting Walnut Grove" 
    • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part Four - A Day in the Life of 'Little House'" 
    • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part Five - Stories to Remember" 
    • "The 'Little House' Phenomenon: Part Six - A Lasting Legacy" 
  • "Look Back to Yesterday" Movie Special
  • "Bless All the Dear Children" Movie Special
  • "The Last Farewell" Movie Special


Series Year of Production: 1974-1983

Season 7 Year of Production: 1980-1981

Title Copyright: Little House on the Prairie, Cover Art and Design © 2015 NBC Studios, Inc. NBC and the Peacock design are Registered Trademarks of the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE® and associated character names and trademarks are owned and licensed by Friendly Family Productions, LLC. All rights reserved.

Type: TV on DVD

Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, History

Closed Captioned: NA

Subtitles: English SDH

Complete Collection Feature Run Time: 170 Hours

Season 7 Feature Run Time: 18 Hours

DVD Format:4x3 Full Screen (1.33:1)

DVD Audio Status:  English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital 

Watch Criterion Picks On Fandor!

New Criterion Picks: 1966 Was a Good Year
This collection of stellar films, many of which consistently appear on critics' top 100 lists, have more in common than just their release date: the revolutionary rumblings and political awakenings that characterized these times gave auteurs permission to flaunt conventions of form and narrative. 
Masculin féminin (1966)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard
The heroes of this spirited drama are "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola": French youths trying their hand at style, sophistication and modern romance. 
Persona (1966)
dir. Ingmar Bergman
Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann turn incredible performances as the mysteriously intertwined stars of Bergman's intense, intimate psychological thriller.
Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
dir. Robert Bresson
There is, simply, no heart hard enough to withstand Bresson's masterfully handled, painfully evocative, devastatingly beautiful, tragic allegorical power.
Daisies (1966)
dir. Vera Chytilová
Two girls named Marie are fed up and decide to "go bad", and the result is a smart, cheeky and chaotic tear through societal (and cinematic) conventions. 
Violence at Noon (1966)
dir. Nagisa Ôshima
Based on heinous true events concerning a serial rapist and murderer, this highly controversial and stylized tour-de-force contains over a thousand cuts.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
dir. Gillo Pontecorvo
Raising the colonial consciousness of the Western world, Pontecorvo's historical re-enactment of Algerian insurgency remains relevant in our times.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
dir. Jiří Menzel
With a quiet wryness that has come to characterize the Czech New Wave, this small gem of a film is a warm tale of coming of age during times of conflict.
Wings (1966)
dir. Larisa Shepitko
Shepitko's richly drawn character study of a former fighter pilot struggling with the tedium of a new life and career, her first feature as a film school grad.
Chafed Elbows (1966)
dir. Robert Downey Sr.
An ultra-low-budget manic madcap comedy, told almost entirely through still images and voiceover, that is both endlessly entertaining and gleefully foul.
Law of the Border (1966)
dir. Ömer Lütfi Akad
A man agrees to smuggle a herd of sheep across the border to help his ailing son, but why has he been pushed to a life of crime in the first place? 
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