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King Cobra Review

22 October 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

King Cobra is an erotic, venomous thriller loaded with cheesy porn-actor charm and equally perverse darkness. Only a true story could be this twisted, and only in the world of sleaziness and fame could egos rationalize murder as a way to beat the competition. In fact, writer/director Justin Kelly creates more believable motivations for Joe Kerekes and Harlow Cuadra than their real accounts detail. Kelly’s sinful slice of “twink” exploitation somehow creates a more believable scenario than reality by under-exaggerating where cinema typically exploits. The Viper cars, trademarked names, predatory advances – welcome to the flashy, ferocious underworld of sex, lies and videotapes.

Garrett Clayton stars as Sean Paul Lockhart Aka Brent Corrigan, a young phenom pornstar who becomes an overnight sensation thanks to Cobra Video. He lives with “King Cobra” himself – Stephen (Christian Slater) – who writes and directs twink-centric videos from his suburban abode.  On the other side »

- Matt Donato

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Weekend Box Office Forecast: 'Jack Reacher', Madea's 'Boo!' and 'Ouija 2'

20 October 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Four new wide releases this weekend should help propel the top twelve over $100 million this weekend and, for the first time in six weeks, show improvement over the same weekend last year. This weekend is also going big with sequels, delivering three of them including Tom Cruise returning as the title star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the horror sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil and Tyler Perry's latest outing as Madea in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Fox will also be releasing the ensemble comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses and Pure Flix is releasing the faith-based, Columbine drama I'm Not Ashamed into just over 500 theaters. Overall the weekend top twelve should come in around $100-105 million if all goes as forecasted. At the top, it would be a nice win for Paramount should they land a #1 finish with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The studio has had a rough go this year, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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King Cobra Movie Review

17 October 2016 6:29 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: King Cobra Director: Justin Kelly Starring: Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, James Franco, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald. ‘King Cobra’ delves into the world of gay porn, being graphic but not too revealing or vulgar. Director Justin Kelly proves to be a maestro of discreet authenticity, adapting for the big screen the book by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway, ‘Cobra Killer: Gay Porn, Murder, and the Manhunt to Bring the Killers to Justice.’ The film and book are inspired by the true story of Sean Paul Lockhart, a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, a young man from San Diego who was discovered by an influential porn producer and eventually became a  [ Read More ]

The post King Cobra Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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60th BFI London Film Festival 2016 Review – King Cobra (2016)

6 October 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

King Cobra, 2016.

Directed by Justin Kelly.

Starring Garrett Clayton, Christian Slater, Keegan Allen, James Franco, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.


Based on the true story of Sean Lockhart A.K.A Brent Corrigan, an up and coming gay porn star who shot to fame only to run into legal disputes with his producer, which eventually took a turn for the dark side as a pair of rival producers took matters into their own hands.

Boasting a very genuine dose of true crime grit and an extraordinarily hammy turn from Hollywood’s latest wacko James Franco, King Cobra has a lot going for it on paper. It’s just curious enough to be enticing and comes complete with a star-studded (if a little dusty) cast to boot too. There’s just not quite enough follow-through in its actual execution to really be memorable.

Director Justin Kelly has certainly cast the film well, »

- Ben Robins

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5 strange, star-laden films that have never been released

30 September 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Oct 3, 2016

An animated superhero movie featuring Marlon Brando? A Bill Murray comedy? Just two of the strange, starry films we may never get to see.

Film history is littered with movies that have wound up on the shelf for some reason, either because of financial difficulties or, in the case of The Day The Clown Died, because its director and star decided it was too embarrassing to be released. We've written about all sorts of shelved or cancelled films before, from Roger Corman's infamous Fantastic Four to the unreleased John Goodman comedy, Spring Break '83.

Every so often, though, we'll hear about curious-sounding projects that generate a bit of news before vanishing again. An animated film featuring the voices of Marlon Brando and Brendan Fraser, perhaps, or a modern comedy about old Greek gods featuring Christopher Walken as Zeus.

Here, then, are five strange, star-laden movies that, »

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Interview: Garrett Clayton for Reeling2016’s Closing Night Film ‘King Cobra’

29 September 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Closing Night for Reeling2016 is Thursday, Sep. 29th, after Chicago’s Lgbtq+ International Film Festival has presented a week of cinema celebrations. The Landmark Century Centre Cinema is the scene for “King Cobra,” directed by Justin Kelly and featuring Garrett Clayton. The film is a notorious overview of the life of gay porn star Brent Corrigan. Both Clayton and the director are scheduled to appear on behalf of the film.

Reeling2016, the Chicago Lgbtq+ International Film Festival is finishing its 34th year, and has celebrated a week of an incredible line-up of films, events and parties around town, at venues as diverse as the Music Box Theater, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema and Chicago Filmmakers.

Garrett Clayton (hoodie) and the Cast of ‘King Cobra’, the Closing Night Film at Reeling2016

Photo credit: IFC Films

Garrett Clayton is having a breakout year in 2016. A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Clayton cut »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Gay porn goes mainstream in the star-studded 'King Cobra'

27 September 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Love him or loathe him, James Franco can't ever be accused of making boring choices. From his grill-tastic turn in Harmony Korine's phenomenal Spring Breakers to a recurring role on General Hospital -- after becoming an A-list star -- the Oscar-nominated actor has never shied away from going against the grain of mainstream stardom. So it's no surprise that Franco not only stars in but produced the forthcoming gay porn drama King Cobra. The film centers on the rise of gay porn mega-star Brent Corrigan (born Sean Lockhart) and his involvement in the 2007 murder trial of Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, two Virginia Beach escorts who were accused (and eventually convicted) of murdering Corrigan's mentor/exploiter, Cobra Video founder Bryan Kocis. Given how taboo the subject of gay porn remains in mainstream filmmaking, it's pretty striking to see a film devoted to the subject. Especially one that stars bold-faced names like Franco, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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First Look At James Franco And Christian Slater As Rival Porn Producers In ‘King Cobra’

27 September 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Based on a true story, director Justin Kelly dramatizes the fact-based tale of an ambitious young gay porn star (Garrett Clayton) caught in the middle of a sex- and violence-charged conflict between two rival porn producers (Franco and “Mr. Robot” star Christian Slater), leading to a deadly confrontation. This true-crime drama also stars Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone, […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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Surprisingly Sfw Trailer For King Cobra Features James Franco And Molly Ringwald

27 September 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sex is not a game, it’s a business; so says the first poster and trailer for King Cobra, Justin Kelly’s ripped-from-the-headlines crime drama that chronicles the rise and fall of Sean Paul Lockhart (Aka Brent Corrigan).

Based on the novel Cobra Killer by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway, the feature stars James Franco, Mr. Robot star Christian Slater and Molly Ringwald, who are soon pulled into a murder investigation following the death of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis. Kelly and screenwriter D. Madison Savage are behind the adaptation, and we now have the surprisingly safe-for-work trailer to pour over ahead of King Cobra‘s limited release late next month.

Of all the many feature films lining James Franco’s slate – ZerovilleThe Masterpiece et al. – this one piques our curiosity right off the bat for its mix of striking, neon-drenched visuals and a diverse cast comprised »

- Michael Briers

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First trailer for King Cobra starring James Franco and Christian Slater

27 September 2016 1:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us release next month, the first trailer has arrived online for director Justin Kelly’s upcoming crime drama King Cobra. Based on the book Cobra Killer by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway about the murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis, the film stars James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen, and Molly Ringwald; take a look below after the official synopsis…

When a lonely suburban man turned gay porn producer discovers a hot, lucrative new star, he finds himself the target of rival pornographers who will stop at nothing to steal his money maker. Based on the novel “Cobra Killer”.

King Cobra is set for release on October 21st in the States.


- Amie Cranswick

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James Franco & Christian Slater in Trailer for Indie Drama 'King Cobra'

26 September 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Just wait 'till I make you a star." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled King Cobra, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a "deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the porn industry." The film is about a young gay porn star, played by Garrett Clayton, who decides to leave the producer who originally made him famous but encounters more trouble by way of two rival producers who try to cash in on his fame. The impressive cast includes James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen and Sean Grandillo. It's described as "part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy." Definitely not going to be for everyone, but might be worth a watch. Take a peek. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Justin Kelly's King Cobra, direct »

- Alex Billington

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‘King Cobra’ Trailer: James Franco and Christian Slater Star In Gay Porn Drama

26 September 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Justin Kelly’s ripped-from-the-headlines drama “King Cobra” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to positive reviews. In his B+ critique, IndieWire’s David Ehlich called it the “’Boogie Nights’ of gay porn and possibly the best film ever made about the business end of America’s gay porn industry.” Now, after being acquired by IFC Films, the first trailer has been released.

The film centers on Sean Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), a boyishly handsome seventeen-year-old who dreams of fame and success. After he meets the seemingly conservative Stephen (Christian Slater), founder of Cobra Video, he starts to perform in gay porn under the alter ego Brent Corrigan and soon becomes an overnight sex symbol. When two rival porn producers Joe (James Franco) and Harlow (Keegan Allen) try and recruit Corrigan, things take a turn for the worse. Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone also co-star.

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- Liz Calvario

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James Franco Tries to Screw Over Christian Slater in Trailer for ‘King Cobra’

26 September 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While he’s currently shooting David Simon’s new HBO series The Deuce, which looks at the porn industry in the 1970s and ’80s in New York City, James Franco has another production which explores a more modern look at the industry. King Cobra, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, follows Franco and Christian Slater as rival gay porn producers who fight over a burgeoning star. Ahead of a release next month, IFC Midnight has now released the first trailer.

We said in our review, “Throw Boogie Nights, Shooting Porn, Downloading Nancy, and Party Monster in a blender, add some cocaine, a scope of whey protein and squirt of lube and you’ve got the unexpectedly fun King Cobra. Inspired by a true story, the sophomore feature from writer-director Justin Kelly is a darkly comic tale set in the wake of Katrina, a piece of background information that informs the lack of smart phones, »

- Leonard Pearce

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James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald & More Dive Into The World Of Gay Porn In Trailer For ‘King Cobra’

26 September 2016 12:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The world of porn has served as the backdrop for more than a few cautionary cinematic tales, none more famous than Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights.” However, the gay porn sphere hasn’t been explored nearly as often, but it’s set to get some rather steamy treatment in the upcoming “King Cobra.”

Read More: It’s Boys Gone Wild In Red Band Trailer For Hazing Drama ‘Goat’ With James Franco

Directed by Justin Kelly (“I Am Michael“) and featuring the intriguing/odd cast of James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald, and Alicia Silverstone, the story follows a young man who becomes a star in the burgeoning world of web porn, but money and ambition cause all sorts of problems.

Continue reading James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald & More Dive Into The World Of Gay Porn In Trailer For ‘King Cobra’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Now Casting: Nonunion ‘Mamma Mia!’ and 3 More Gigs

22 September 2016 1:39 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Here I go again! An upcoming production of the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” is currently seeking nonunion actors for leading roles, including that iconic mother-daughter duo. We also have three more awesome and eclectic gigs. Check them out below!  “Mamma Mia!” Nonunion PERFORMERSThe Fireside Theatre seeks nonunion actors for eight leading roles in their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia!” The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2001 and shuttered just last year, will begin rehearsals Dec. 7 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The musical is slated for a Dec. 29–Feb. 26, 2017 run, also in Fort Atkinson. “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”Upcoming feature film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” is currently casting background talent. The flick, which stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett, will shoot Sept. 27 as well as Oct. 18–19 in Atlanta, Georgia. “F-150”“F-150,” a feature film, is casting several actors for supporting roles. The project will »

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Now Casting: CW Series ‘The Originals’ and 3 More Projects

15 September 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Today’s Backstage casting roundup includes opportunities ranging from a hit CW series to an upcoming Shakespeare production. In other words, we have something for everyone! Check it out below! “The Originals”The CW series “The Originals” currently seeks experienced dancers, aged 18–55, for background roles. Talent “will be paired up and will be taught a simple tango style dance,” and will be needed for production Sept. 19–21 in Conyers, Georgia. “The Comedy Of Errors”Union actors are sought for several roles in an upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” The piece, which will be staged by Hartford Stage Company, is set to begin rehearsals Dec. 19, with a run slated for Jan. 20–Feb. 5, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut.  “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”The upcoming feature film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” is casting child and adult talent for background roles. Seeking male actors, »

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32 Stars Turning 40 This Year

14 September 2016 9:27 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

It seems as though Hollywood celebrities have found the fountain of youth. A collection of your favorite stars is celebrating their 40th birthday this year, but you would find that extremely hard to believe if you just took one look at them. Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Alicia Silverstone, and Joe Manganiello are all ringing in the big 4-0, along with - gasp! - Anna Faris and Sean William Scott. Also in the mix is America's sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, who already celebrated her special day with a star-studded bash back in March. Keep reading to see all the stars who have already turned or will soon be 40 this year. Some of these may shock you! »

- Monica Sisavat

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‘Catfight’ Review: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche Beat the Sh*t Out of Each In Onur Tukel’s Nutty Satire — Toronto

11 September 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Catfight” is a great example of truth in advertising: In writer-director Onur Tukel’s nutty satire, Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beat the shit out of each other. That much should be obvious from a passing familiarity with the premise, but it’s less the plot of the movie than its motif. Heche and Oh don’t just beat the shit out of each other; they do it on three separate occasions, for minutes on end, and each  blow lands with an alarming crunch.

Although the filmmaking has a ragged quality that doesn’t always hit its mark, the two brawling women certainly do. No matter its flaws, Tukel’s witty inversion of the buddy movie formula — set in an embellished world riddled by wartime dysfunction — has some legitimate ideas about the way feuds can last so long that neither side remembers what they’re fighting over. Imagine “Trading Places »

- Eric Kohn

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Catfight’

11 September 2016 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The scene opens on a ritzy New York dinner party, as a crowd of defense contractors toast to the lucrative new deals they’re about to sign now that a recently-elected American president has declared a new war on “the Middle East.” Veronica (Sandra Oh), the bored, borderline-alcoholic trophy wife of one of the contractors, moseys over to the wine bar despite having promised her husband she would stay sober for the party. Behind the bar is Ashley (Anne Heche), a starving artist moonlighting as a caterer for the night. The two recognize each other — they were friends in college, yet fell out years ago after some unidentified incident. They dance around the obvious class disparity between them, though each manage to get in a few cutting comments, and part ways. The next scene takes place in a stairwell, as the two women bash each others’ faces into bloody pulp. »

- Andrew Barker

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[Tiff Review] Catfight

11 September 2016 6:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a title like Catfight and the only available image showing a bloodied and battered chokehold between Anne Heche and Sandra Oh, our expectations are forced into conjuring hope for a wild, frenzied ride. Well, writer/director Onur Tukel doesn’t disappoint with this broad satire of American politics and wealth disparity. It only takes Craig Bierko’s rendition of a late night television host doing his smarmy best to poke fun at our broken system before introducing a fat, shirtless man as the “fart machine” to understand the tongue-in-cheek tone targeted. The working class as represented by maid Donna (Myra Lucretia Taylor) laughs hysterically at the flatulence while aristocratic housewife lush (and her employer) Veronica (Oh) remains unfazed in more Botox ambivalence than high-brow disgust.

Veronica just cannot understand such humor’s appeal. She can’t comprehend the appeal of anything that doesn’t result in making money. She »

- Jared Mobarak

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