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If you were to draw up a list of likely actors to play Elvis, I’d wager that Michael Shannon wouldn’t come particularly high up in the rankings. His acting chops are well proven, but he comes with an enigmatic energy which is so quintessentially Shannon that it would be hard for the viewer to shake that and truly believe they’re watching The King.
This was my worry going into Elvis & Nixon, and this is still how I feel after Elvis & Nixon. But that isn’t to say that there weren’t moments of fun in between. True, I never suspended my disbelief long enough to forget that I was watching General Zod as Elvis - with all the wiry Shannon eccentricities and not much of the “uh, »
Merritt Patterson has been cast as Olivia Brukner in the second season of The Art of More TV show on Crackle. Patterson played Olivia Matheson on the Ravenswood TV series which was cancelled after 10 episodes on ABC Family (now Freeform). Patterson plays Ophelia Pryce on The Royals TV show on E!.
Patterson is set as Olivia Brukner, the "sassy, smart, no-nonsense daughter" of Samuel Brukner (Dennis Quaid). Crackle teases that Olivia arrives in New York to "reconnect with her father while she navigates an uncertain future." The Art of More TV series cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke.
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Merritt Patterson (The Royals, Ravenswood) has signed on to the second season cast of Crackle's hourlong drama series The Art of More, joining stars Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke. Patterson will play Olivia Brukner, the sassy, smart, no-nonsense daughter of Samuel Brukner (Quaid). Olivia comes to New York looking to reconnect with her father while she navigates an uncertain future. Recently separated and having dropped out of medical school… »
Well, genre fans, we only have four home entertainment releases coming our way this Tuesday, but as the saying goes, they are quality over quantity.
Scream Factory is releasing the ’90s thriller The Crush on Blu-ray this week and we also have two great recent films to look forward to as well: The Wave and Midnight Special. Rounding out this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD offerings is Bayview Entertainment’s DVD release of the ’80s cult classic, Biohazard.
Biohazard (Bayview Entertainment, DVD)
The cult classic returns featuring an all-new 2K 16×9 widescreen film transfer from the original 35mm negative! A group of scientists, army types and a buxom psychic use a variety of methods to suck a bloodthirsty alien out of another dimension. Upon arriving, the little devil blasts his way loose, taking part of a soldiers face along the way. The psychic and her network of friends chase the beast, »
- Heather Wixson
2016 has taken a lot of big name talents away from us. Yesterday, yet another big blow was handed out as Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin very sadly passed away at the young age of 27. Yelchin had been a very strong talent in Hollywood going back to when he was just a young kid, and he was very much a star on the rise when he tragically died. The entertainment community and fans alike have been reeling ever since the story broke.
The news that Yelchin had died was first reported by Deadline on Sunday morning and was later confirmed by Yelchin's publicist. He was found by his friends early in the morning, pinned by his car against a brick mailbox and security gate, apparently crushed to death by his own vehicle, and no foul play is suspected. It was also recently revealed that the vehicle involved in the incident was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, »
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Cary Elwes, and Kurtwood Smith, The Crush makes its Blu-ray debut on June 21st courtesy of Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Crush.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Crush Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on June 26th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
“A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. »
- Derek Anderson
Fans of Alan Shapiro’s The Crush, starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), can prepare for the film’s Blu-ray debut on June 21st with the two high-def clips and a trailer released by Scream Factory.
From the Press Release: “Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller The Crush, written and directed by Alan Shapiro (Flipper, TV’s The Outsiders) and starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride, Twister), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Kurtwood Smith (TV’s Agent Carter, That ‘70s Show). On June 21st, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Crush Blu-ray edition, featuring new audio commentary with writer/director Alan Shapiro, new interviews with Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin, and more!
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this special Scream Factory home entertainment release is a must-have for movie collectors, »
- Tamika Jones
Elvis & Nixon, 2016.
Directed by Liza Johnson
The King and the U.S. President have a heart-to-heart in the Oval Office before Christmas in 1970. That premise sounds extremely bizarre but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction!
Based on the real life meeting between Elvis Presley and President Nixon, the effectively titled Elvis & Nixon ponders what may have happened when the two power players exchanged words for about 40 minutes on 21 December. Although there is photographic evidence of the encounter – it is the most requested item from the National Archives – no one knows exactly what was discussed since this happened before the disgraced leader began his secret recordings. Taking inspiration from actual documents, memoirs and hearsay, director Liza Johnson and screenwriters Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes have created their own amusing version of events.
The film kicks off with Elvis very much in the white jumpsuit, Las Vegas-performing stage of his career. Sporting impressive sideburns, jewellery and sunglasses, Michael Shannon takes on the persona of the hip swivelling rock ‘n’ roller. Seemingly agitated and frustrated, Elvis suddenly hops on a plane to Los Angeles to pick up long-time friend Jerry Schilling (played by Alex Pettyfer) and convinces him to travel to the capital to arrange a tête-à-tête with Nixon.
Elvis scribbles a letter (this actually exists) in which he describes his desire to be a ‘federal agent at large’. “Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out,” he writes. “I would love to meet you.” The unusual request raises eyebrows at the White House but eventually Nixon’s right-hand men, Bud Krogh (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters), persuade the grumpy Commander-in-Chief (Kevin Spacey) of the PR benefits.
After a farcical exchange of each man’s protocols, the King and the President are finally introduced and delve into a surreal conversation covering the Vietnam War, Woodstock, the Beatles and American values.
While neither actor resembles his character – Shannon is too rugged and Spacey isn’t as gruff – the pair slowly lull you into believing their jolly role-playing game. The performances are light-hearted and endearing – helped by the period costumes – and the supporting cast follow suit.
Of course, the slight tone distracts from the fact that both Elvis and Nixon are happily chatting about their suspicions of ‘the other’, i.e. dislike of the hippie movement, protest groups and four famous lads from Liverpool. Elvis harps on about wanting to “restore some respect for the flag which was being lost.” At the age of 35, the King had become firmly ‘establishment’, a surprising twist of fate for a person who was previously criticised for being a symbol of youthful rebellion.
Elvis & Nixon is an entirely pleasant 86 minutes in the cinema – entertaining, humorous and well-made, albeit somewhat forgettable. Also it’s further proof that a female director can harness the energy of two top male thespians portraying macho men.
Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★
- Sara Hemrajani
These streaming comedies and dramas prove that powerful stories and performances are happening in your own living room! “The Art of More” (Crackle)If you’ve never heard of Crackle’s drama, more’s the pity—it boasts a stellar cast (Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Kate Bosworth, and newcomer Christian Cooke), a juicy plotline involving the behind-the-scenes machinations of a major New York City auction house, and plenty of art-theft intrigue. Moving from familial drama to action scenes to navigating the class warfare of modern-day Manhattan is a tricky line to walk, but “The Art of More” does so with aplomb and is worth seeking out. —Mark Davis “Bosch” (Amazon)Do not skip over this paragraph just because you’ve never heard of “Bosch”—unless you like missing out on incredible television. Based on Michael Connelly’s novels, the Amazon series is centered on Lapd detective Harry Bosch and follows one major case each season. Titus Welliver, who’s been a supporting player on everything from “The Good Wife” to “Sons of Anarchy,” proves he’s leading man material as the wise-beyond-his-years detective. If »
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2016) – Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
- ComicMix Staff
Variety reports Sandrine Holt, who played Dr. Bethan Exner on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead TV series, is joining the second season cast of The Art of More TV show, on Crackle. Fans of the Damien TV show which was recently cancelled by A&E, will recognize Holt as Paula Sciarra.
Holt also played Julie Han in the first season of The Returned TV series, which was renewed, then cancelled by A&E after one season, and ultimately picked up by SundanceTV. Production on The Art of More, season two, began in Montreal, last month. Holt joins Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes, and Christian Cooke, on the hour-long auction house drama.
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If you're one of the many that is going to be attending the annual San Diego Comic-Con (not me, though, womp womp womp), Warner Brothers has a present for you. Let me clear that up: no, this isn't something crazy like a teaser trailer for Justice League or Green Lantern or something, although that could happen on a different day. Instead, fans who attend the con on Friday will be able to sit down for a full blown premiere of the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.
Check out the press release below:
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC UniverseOriginal Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel »
- Nicholas Williams
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively.
The cast also includes Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros.' Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
Details behind the character Holt will be playing are still unknown.
Shooting on season two is already underway, but no premiere date has been set yet.
- Justin Kroll
The Bagel Bites are still frozen in the middle. Your friend with the popcorn popper sent you the patented "I think I'm going to bail on this one" text. Your uncle just got the entire "Hee Haw" series on Blu-ray and is a little too excited about it.
These are the things that can, have, and will go wrong on family movie night. Your best defense against movie night fails? Movies so impossible not to love that some states may have laws against not liking them.
So put those Bagel Bites back in the oven; bust out the microwavable kettle corn; ask your mom if your uncle is really related to anyone -- for it's time to please the whole crowd with your brilliant taste in movies.
'The Princess Bride' (1987)
Ok, the MPAA is pretty solid -- we know "G" movies are good for kids, "R" for adults. »
- Dan Ketchum
Teen Lust is definitely a dubious title. It's not one you want to order on the company dime while on a business trip. Nor do you want it read back to you while Visa runs a credit fraud check. And it's probably not a title you want your spouse spotting during that end of the month bill pay. Perhaps that's why we haven't heard too much about it yet. People are afraid. The movie may be hampered by it's gleefully inappropriate nomenclature. But that saucy title barely scratches at the surface of what hides behind it.
Yes, lovers of 80s sex comedies are in for a real treat. And the movie certainly trumps the idea that Hollywood has run out of original ideas. We, as true movie fans, just have to dig a litter deeper. If Teen Lust had of been released in 1986, or even in 1996, untouched, we'd be celebrating its anniversary as a classic. »
Scream Factory™ Presents The Crush Starring Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Rubin and Kurtwood Smith Written and Directed by Alan Shapiro Long-awaited Cult Classic Thriller Debuts For The First Time On Blu-ray™ Own It On June 21, 2016 From Scream Factory™ Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller The Crush, written and …
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Exclusive: Screen Media Ventures has scooped rights to Sugar Mountain, an Alaska-set thriller starring Jason Momoa and Cary Elwes. The distributor plans a fourth-quarter theatrical and VOD release in North America and other territories including the UK and Australia. The Film Mode Entertainment pic, which premiered at the Cannes Film Market, follows two debt-ridden brothers who fake their disappearance in the Alaska wilderness so they’ll have a great survival story to… »
Puppy love is sweet until it turns deadly. Packed with special features including new interviews with the cast, Alan Shapiro’s The Crush (1993) Blu-ray will be released by Scream Factory on June 21st, and the special features have now been revealed.
Press Release: Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller The Crush, written and directed by Alan Shapiro (Flipper, TV’s The Outsiders) and starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride, Twister), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Kurtwood Smith (TV’s Agent Carter, That ‘70s Show). On June 21st, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Crush Blu-ray edition, featuring new audio commentary with writer/director Alan Shapiro, new interviews with Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin, and more!
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this special Scream Factory home entertainment release is a must-have for movie collectors, horror/ thriller »
- Tamika Jones
Director Rob Reiner is no stranger to family classics, and while Being Charlie is, technically, a “family film,” it’s certainly not another Stand By Me or The Princess Bride. It’ll rip your insides out and make you feel helpless, because life isn’t always a storybook fairytale or a rockstar’s dream. The truth is, at one point or another during out earthly lives, we’re going to fuck up. There’s no instruction manual on how to “properly” navigate emotions, temptations and something as normal as parenthood. Things are going to get tough, and maybe unexpectedly dark, but there’s always redemption. Redemption through self-worth, redemption through pain and redemption through a commitment made towards being the person we want to be. Life is too precious to be wasted – even for those farthest gone.
- Matt Donato
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