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Q&A: Writer/Artist John Stanisci & Actor/Producer Stelio Savante Discuss New Graphic Novel Lifedeath, Kickstarter Campaign & Hopes for a Film Adaptation

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What if the afterlife was an uploading program with an expiration date of its own? That chilling concept is explored in John Stanisci's new sci-fi action graphic novel LifeDeath. Slated for a 2018 release, the graphic novel is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign with perks aplenty, and we caught up with Stanisci and actor/producer Stelio Savante to discuss the ambitious ideas behind the new graphic novel, the goal to adapt the story for the screen, and much more, and we've also been provided with an exclusive set of preview pages to share with Daily Dead readers.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, guys. LifeDeath looks like an engrossing story with an intriguing concept. John, when and how did you originally come up with the idea for this graphic novel?

John Stanisci: First off, thank you so much for this feature! I’m
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Matt Dillon in first image from Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built

The first image has arrived online from The House That Jack Built, the next film from Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, which stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer called Jack.

The House That Jack Built tells the story of “the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.”

Joining Dillon in the cast of the film are Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Sofie Grabol, Riley Keough and Yu Ji-tae. It is slated for release next year.
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Chinese Director Vivian Qu’s Sexual Assault Drama ‘Angels Wear White’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival

Chinese Director Vivian Qu’s Sexual Assault Drama ‘Angels Wear White’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival
Antalya, Turkey — Chinese director-producer Vivian Qu’s sexual assault-themed drama “Angels Wear White” proved the top winner at the 54th Antalya Film Festival in Turkey where it scooped prizes for both best film and best actress.

“Angels,” which exposes the corruption of Chinese police as they cover up for a government official involved in the sexual assault of two twelve-year-old girls, world premiered in September at the Venice Film where it was the only competition entry by a female director. Pic, which has also played in Toronto and London, will be opening the Singapore Film Festival in November.

Qu was on hand in Antalya to receive the top prize and also to accept the nod for actress Wen Qi (pictured) who plays a morally torn cleaner in a love motel who becomes enmeshed in the investigation.

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s “A Man of Integrity,” about corruption and injustice in Iranian society, also scored
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Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced that Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala event, set to take place on Thursday, November 2 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Penn Jillette.

Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Morris. Damien Echols will present the previously announced Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Additional award presenters include: Clive Davis, Matt Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, and Fisher Stevens, Diane Warren, among others.

Read More:Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Netflix will release Morris’ newest offering,
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Matt Dillon’s Second Directing Gig ‘El Gran Fellove’ Set to Soar (Exclusive)

Matt Dillon’s Second Directing Gig ‘El Gran Fellove’ Set to Soar (Exclusive)
The final cut of Matt Dillon’s long-gestating Cuban music documentary “El Gran Fellove” (“The Great Fellove”) is primed for completion by next year.

Co-produced by Dillon’s Pregon Films, Fisher StevensInsurgent Media, Radical Media, Jonathan Gray and Mexican producers Viento del Norte Cine and Paloma Negra, “Fellove” is Dillon’s second directing gig after his 2002 Cambodian-set drama “City of Ghosts,” which he also co-wrote.

Dillon, a fervent collector of Latin Music from the 1920s-50s, and Cuban music in particular, had been developing the documentary about Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove for quite a number of years. In it he pays tribute to a little-known group of Cuban musicians like Fellove who greatly influenced Mexican music. It delves into the Cuban musical genre dubbed “filin” (feeling) that created a strong bond between Mexico, Cuba and the U.S.

“I met [Dillon] in Spain in 2009 through our mutual friends Barry Gifford and Ray Loriga. That same day
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‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer

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‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer
It’s never too early to start looking forward to some of the hottest titles of 2018, especially since the year in cinema is winding down with only a few movies left to world premiere (chief among them “Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”). One movie that might just be 2018’s most controversial is “The House That Jack Built,” the latest offering from Lars von Trier. The Danish director is famous for making headlines, whether it’s for getting banned from Cannes or for making a sexually explicit drama like “Nymphomaniac,” and he’ll have no problem doing so with a movie about a serial killer.

Read More:News Film TV Awards Toolkit More Search Lars von Trier Wants You to Know ‘The House That Jack Built’ Will Be His Most Brutal Film Ever

The House That Jack Built” stars Matt Dillon as the titular murderer.
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First Look at Lars von Trier’s Serial Killer Drama ‘The House That Jack Built’

If one is missing some provocation in this year’s cinematic landscape, fear not, as Lars von Trier will premiere a new film next year. His serial killer drama The House That Jack Built completed production earlier this year, and now the first still has arrived.

Starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Ed Speleers, and Sofia Grabol, the film spans 12 years and will be split into “five incidents” (aka the murders) and then the “digressions” in between, as Jack attempts to create the “ultimate artwork” in his vocation.

”I don’t find anything especially interesting about serial killers,” Lars von Trier tells Screen Daily. ”It’s more the women. For some strange reason all the women I have been with have been crazy about serial killers. That might have something to do with me. Also I thought I could fool people to go into the cinema.
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Loco Films Boards Brazil’s ‘Bingo’ From ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘City of God’ Editor Daniel Rezende (Exclusive)

Paris-based Loco Films has acquired sales rights to “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” a pulsating tragicomic take on the cost of fame in the Brazilian TV world of the ‘80s which marks the feature debut as a director of editor Daniel Rezende, Academy Award-nominated for Fernando MeirellesCity of God” and editor of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.”

Loco Films will be introducing “Bingo” to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Written by Luiz Bolognesi, whose screenwriting credits include 2017 Berlin Panorama hit “Just Like My Parents,” “Bingo” also represents Brazil in 2018’s foreign-language Oscar race. It is inspired by the true-life story of Arlindo Barreto, who played Bozo the Clown on Brazilian TV giant Globo in the early ‘80, helping to convert the program into a ratings and tamest behemoth which at one point lasted 10 hours.

Bursting with period pop aesthetics and energy, “Bingo” charts the ascent to stardom of Augusto, a TV clown
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Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84

Ben Bates, who served as the stunt double for James Arness, the star of Gunsmoke, for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, Calif., his family announced. He was 84.

In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.

In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each...
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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie
By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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The Law and Jake Wade

Many of MGM’s productions were scraping bottom in 1958, yet the studio found one more acceptable western vehicle for their last big star still on contract. Only-slightly corrupt marshal Robert Taylor edges toward a showdown with the thoroughly corrupt Richard Widmark in an economy item given impressive locations and the sound direction of John Sturges.

The Law and Jake Wade


Warner Archive Collection

1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, Henry Silva, DeForest Kelley, Henry Silva, Burt Douglas, Eddie Firestone.

Cinematography: Robert Surtees

Film Editor: Ferris Webster

Written by William Bowers from a novel by Marvin H. Albert

Produced by William B. Hawks

Directed by John Sturges

As the 1950s wore down, MGM was finding it more difficult to properly use its last remaining big-ticket stars on the steady payroll, Cyd Charisse and Robert Taylor. Cyd
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Sanfic: Venezuelan Drama ‘La Familia’ Snags Top Honors at This Year’s Festival

Sanfic: Venezuelan Drama ‘La Familia’ Snags Top Honors at This Year’s Festival
Santiago De Chile — Venezuelan drama “La Familia,” which had its world premiere at Cannes Critics Week, took home top international honors at the 13th edition of the Sanfic Santiago International Film Festival. The film’s father-son leads, Giovanny García and Reggie Reyes, also scored best actor awards.

Snagging best director was fiction feature “Porto,” from Brazilian Gabe Klinger whose prior movie “Double Play” won best documentary at Venice. Korean arthouse film “Autumn, Autumn,” and Brazilian doc “In the Intense Now,” secured special mentions at Saturday night’s award ceremony.

La Familia” marks the feature debut for Venezuelan director Gustavo Rondón Córdova. Set against the seething violence of the city of Caracas, the film focuses on the estranged relationship between Pedro, a street-wise 12-year old boy played by non-pro actor Reyes, and his father Andres, played by García. Pedro finds himself in trouble with the law after a street altercation. The boy and his father are forced to
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Sanfic: Matt Dillon Talks Creative Processes, Upcoming Von Trier Thriller, ‘The House That Jack Built’

Sanfic: Matt Dillon Talks Creative Processes, Upcoming Von Trier Thriller, ‘The House That Jack Built’
Santiago De Chile — In town for a series of events at the Sanfic Santiago Intl. Film Festival, Matt Dillon addressed the assembled press at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Santiago.

Dressed in all black, Dillon entered the press-room to a resounding wave of camera clicks. Taken aback, the actor backtracked, and made a better prepared entrance, begging the pardon of the assembled crowd.

Throughout the hour-long event Dillon fielded questions fired at him in much the same way, often taking breaks to think, double back, and reinvest more thoughtfulness in his answers that a rapid fire response might not allow. It was as if he treated each answer he gave as the most important of the afternoon, taking special care to avoid especially inflammatory or frivolous topics.

Dillon’s career has spanned more than three decades and from 1983’s “The Outsiders,” to 2005’s “Factotum,” Dillon’s films have frequently received critical and festival acclaim. In
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Fox Could Bring “Wayward Pines” Back for Another Season

Fox Could Bring “Wayward Pines” Back for Another Season
Even though I never caught the second season, I absolutely adored the first season of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines”, which starred Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. It’s revealed that the town is post-apocalypse […]
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Chile’s Growing Film Festival Scene: Sanfic Announces Lineup

Chile’s Growing Film Festival Scene: Sanfic Announces Lineup
The thirteenth edition of Santiago International Film Festival, Sanfic (August 20–27, 2017), the largest film festival in Chile, will present more than 100 international and Chilean films, including productions shown and awarded in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice. Among the feature films will be 7 world and 14 Latin American premieres.

Sanfic (Santiago International Film Festival) is opening the festival to international press this year with Variety Dailies and important international guests for their Sanfic Industry section. Guest attending include Kim Yutani (Sundance programmer), Javier Martin (Berlinale delegate), Molly O ́Keefe (Tribeca Film Institute — fiction features) and Estrella Araiza (Industry director of Guadalajara Iff), to name a few. Matt Dillon is its special guest along with the renowned director of photography Rainer Klausmann.

The Summit starring Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi and Erica Rivas, with an appearance of Christian Slater and renowned Chilean actors Paulina Garcia and Alfredo Castro

The opening film of the
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2017 Santiago Int. Film Fest: Östlund’s The Square, Mitre’s The Summit & Matt Dillon Part of 13th Edition

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The Santiago International Film Festival (August 20 – 27, 2017) announced the program for the 13th edition.

Known for his roles of Dallas Winston, Rusty James and Cliff Poncier and future lead in Lars von Trier The House That Jack Built, Matt Dillon is the festival’s special guest and he will be joined by regular Fatih Akin Cinematographer Rainer Klausmann.

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‘The Desert Bride’ Leads Feature Debuts Vying for Sanfic International Prize

‘The Desert Bride’ Leads Feature Debuts Vying for Sanfic International Prize
The Desert Bride,” starring the grande dame of Chilean cinema, Paulina Garcia, heads a stellar international competition lineup at Chile’s 13th Santiago Int’l Film Festival (Sanfic), which unspools Aug. 20-27, where first-time filmmakers of both fiction and docu features compete among more established filmmakers.

The directorial feature debut of filmmakers Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atan, the Argentine-Chilean co-production had its world premiere at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year. Drama centers on the travails and life-changing experience of a long-time maid in Argentina who is forced on a journey across the desert towards new employment.

Also vying for the international competition prize is Venezuelan tyro Gustavo Rondon’s directorial debut “The Family,” which had its world debut in Cannes’ Critics Week. The father-son drama is one of many notable films emerging from Venezuela despite the political and economic crisis roiling the country.

Argentine producer-thesp Ivan Granovsky vies for the big prize with his directorial debut
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Terror in a Texas Town

On paper it’s a western with everything — a major star, decent supporting players, a cult director and sideways references to the blacklisting years. But even with its ya-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it high noon showdown scene, Joseph H. Lewis’s last feature film is still a lower-tier United Artists effort. Sterling Hayden goes up against Sebastian Cabot and Nedrick Young, armed with a, with a . . . aw, you probably know already.

Terror in a Texas Town


Arrow Academy

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan, Frank Ferguson, Marilee Earle, Byron Foulger, Glenn Strange.

Cinematography: Ray Rennahan

Original Music: Gerald Fried

Written by Dalton Trumbo, fronted by Ben Perry

Produced by Frank N. Seltzer

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Auteurists in the early 1970s championed directors like Phil Karlson, Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. These stylists
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The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker dies after set accident

Tony Sokol Jul 17, 2017

Very sad news: veteran stuntman John Bernecker has died after an accident on The Walking Dead set.

AMC’s The Walking Dead suffered a real-life tragedy after veteran stuntman John Bernecker sadly died from injuries suffered during an accident on the set. Bernedecker was 33 years old and had more than 10 years’ experience in film and television stunt work.

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On Wednesday, July the 12th, Bernecker fell off a 25-foot-high balcony while rehearsing a fight scene with an actor at the Raleigh Studio in Georgia. He lost his footing and hit the concrete floor. He was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center with massive head injuries and placed on a ventilator. According to the medical examiner, Bernecker died in the hospital's intensive care unit on Thursday when a ventilator was turned off. He was surrounded by family and friends,
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Scandies in Cannes

Scandies in Cannes
Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway: Scandinavia has always made a good show of films in all festivals, but this is the first time in 17 years a Swedish film has been in Competition.

The Square” is the first Swedish film in Competition in 17 years! Winner of the Palme D’or and the Vulcain Prize for an artist technician awarded by the C.S.T. Director Ruben Östlund attracted producers from Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark to tell this tale of the successful curator of a modern art museum who lives in the epicenter of the art community and takes his work very seriously. A few days before the opening of the prestigious exhibition The Square he is mugged, which he can neither shake off or let pass unnoticed. He embarks on a hunt for the perpetrator and ends up in situations that turn steadily more amusing, and make him question his own moral compass.
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