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They went looking for monsters, but they had no idea that they would literally encounter them. A group of filmmakers find out the hard way that their new interviewees have a tendency to bite the hand that films them in the new movie The Monster Project, and ahead of its August 18th On Demand and Digital HD release from Epic Pictures Group, we've been provided with an exclusive clip for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.
"In a chilling and inventive take on the classic monster movie genre, The Monster Project follows a group of aspiring horror filmmakers, eager to raise their YouTube subscriber count, who post an online casting call for “real life” monsters to interview for their documentary. They find three participants and choose to film them sharing their haunted experiences in a mansion in the woods on the night of a lunar eclipse. The production suddenly turns into »
- Derek Anderson
15 August 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The two actors (and former Fresh Off the Boat colleagues) wrote the script with Michael Golamco. Currently untitled, the film follows two childhood friends who fall in love as adults — though they've ended up in vastly different socioeconomic situations.
Wong — who was previously a writer and story editor on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat sitcom, starring Park — was most recently seen on ABC's American Housewife and in The Orchard's indie film The Hero, starring Sam Elliott. She previously teamed with Netflix »
- Ashley Lee
Exclusive: Netflix has set American Housewife‘s Ali Wong and Fresh Off The Boat‘s Randall Park to star in an untitled feature comedy they wrote with Michael Golamco. The film follows two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults. Netflix is moving quickly to hire a director. Wong, who is upcoming in the Sam Elliott pic Hero, and worked with Park in the years she was a writer/consultant on Fresh Off T… »
A modern morality tale told with meticulous suspense, “The Unknown Girl” is the latest film from Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Known for realist stories grounded in themes of economic and social justice, the Dardennes play with genre and mystery for their tenth feature. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, where it received mixed reviews, “The Unknown Girl” has been described as “social-realist film noir.” The film released its official U.S. trailer today.
Read More:‘The Unknown Girl’ Directors The Dardenne Brothers Say They’re Really Just One Person
After refusing after-hours care to a mystery woman found dead outside her clinic, a young doctor (Adele Haenel) becomes obsessed with discovering the fate of the unidentified caller. Plagues by guilt, she begins a methodical search to learn more about the young woman’s life and death. The film also stars Jeremie Renier, Olivier Bonnaud, and Louka Minnella. »
- Jude Dry
It’s a strong group of limited releases for a July weekend: Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” and the Yiddish-language “Menashe” all performed well, as did Sony Pictures Classics’ “Bigsby Bear.”
Detroit (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 86
$365,455 in 20 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,273
Kathryn Bigelow’s first film since “Zero Dark Thirty” is the first released by Megan Ellison’s production company through its own distributor. With reviews nearly as strong as “Zero” and “The Hurt Locker” but shifting to the home front in this recounting of the Detroit riots exactly 50 years ago, this opened in 10 markets ahead of its wide release this Friday. This is a tough subject, however well received, and Annapurna and its team has a challenge opening this outside of the festival/awards season and finding a wide swath of African-American and other upscale audiences.
- Tom Brueggemann
The film, co-written by Haley and Marc Basch, is the story of Frank and Sam, a father and daughter who form an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before the daughter leaves for college.
This marks Offerman’s first leading role as he reunites with Haley after the two collaborated on The Hero.
Haley’s film The Hero starring Sam Elliott is currently in theatres. The Hero and Haley’s previous film I’ll See You In My Dreams, both co-written with Basch, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Offerman is an actor, writer, and woodworker best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC »
Recently receiving its online premiere after months of plaudits on the genre festival circuit, Will Blank’s Limbo is a beautifully executed fantasy short concluding with an unexpected philosophical gut punch. Adapted from Marian Churchland’s graphic short story, the set up is simple — a man coping with the detritus of a failing relationship heads to the desert, where he comes across a dying dog able to grant him one wish. The starkness of the environment and the pathos of the situation — nobly conveyed by Sam Elliott, who voices the (skillfully animatronic) dog — elevates this simple story into something […] »
- Scott Macaulay
The movie follows a Brooklyn record store owner who struggles to accept change as he’s forced to let go of both his shop and his daughter (Clemons) during her last summer before college.
Clemons’ star has been rising fast following her breakout role in the indie hit “Dope.” She made such a big splash as Cassandra “Diggy” Andrews in Rick Famuyiwa’s coming-of-age film, that she soon landed the coveted role of Iris West in Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” starring Ezra Miller.
Since production has been pushed on “The Flash” as the studio continues to »
- Justin Kroll
By Nathaniel R
Spidey was only able to stay on the box office mountain-top for a single week. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his army of intelligent ape friends came storming in on horseback to take over during the War For the Planet of the Apes.
Weekend Box Office (July 14th-16th)
W I D E L I M I T E D 1. Planet Of Apes (9) $56.5 New
1. The Hero $343k (cum. $3.4)
341 screens Best Actors 2. Spider-man (6) $45.2 (cum. $208.2) Review 2. The Little Hours $318K
(cum. $689k) 105 screens Review 3. Despicable Me 3 $18.9 (cum. $187.9)
3. Maudie $252K (cum. $3.5)
99 screens Review
4. Baby Driver $8.7 (cum. $73.1)
Review | Best Of | Posterized
4. Beatriz At Dinner $222k
(cum. $6.4) 205 screens 5. The Big Sick $7.6 (cum. $16)
Review | Holly ♥︎ !!!
5. Paris Can Wait $153k (cum. $5.3)
6. Wonder Woman $6.8 (cum. $380.6) Review | Top Ten | Special
6. A Ghost Story $146k
(cum. $288k) 20 screens
7. Wish Upon $5.5 New 7. Lost In Paris $79K (cum. $138k)
38 screens 8. Cars 3 $3.1 (cum. $140)
8. Lady MacBeth $68k New
5 screens 9. Transformers (5) $2.7 (cum. »
- NATHANIEL R
Well-reviewed erotic period thriller “Lady Macbeth” (Roadside Attractions) led the new specialized limited lineup. But a below-$15,000 start at five major New York/Los Angeles theaters came in well below other stronger recent debuts.
With studio sequel “War for the Planet of the Apes” nabbing better-than-usual critical response (watch out for “Dunkirk” this week) and many popular films expanding, it’s getting tougher for even acclaimed new films to stand out.
Two top Sundance premieres — U.S. Narrative Competition title “To the Bone” and U.S. Documentary Audience Award winner “Chasing Coral” — both premiered on Netflix along with limited theatrical play. As usual for the company, the grosses went unreported.
$68,813 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,762
This low-budget 19th-century adultery drama’s roots are closer to “Madame Bovary” and “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” than Shakespeare. With its bodice-ripping appeal, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Chicago – The 4th of July holiday is over and the second half of the year looms before us, so what better time than to assess 2017 so far, with the best and worst films of the first half of the year. The film critic contributors of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Jon Espino and Spike Walters – offer up their choices for Best and Worst.
The first half of 2017 was fairly strong, as the increasingly crowded film marketplace is not necessarily holding the best films until the fall “Oscar season.” Each film critic will offer three films, as Patrick and Jon will assess their personal “Best,” and the virtuous Spike Walters will take on the “Worst.”
Best Of 2017 So Far by Jon Lennon Espino
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“A Ghost Story” (A24) joined the recent surge of strong limited openers. Boasting top reviews, David Lowery’s offbeat Sundance hit nabbed a wider than usual arthouse audience. A24 is terrific with the right project at casting a wider specialized market net, so this should join several recent titles led by “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) that have found wider interest as they expand.
This weekend, as breakout “The Big Sick” reaches a wider audience, it’s on its way to becoming the biggest specialized release of 2017 so far — and Amazon’s biggest grosser to date. It looks perfectly positioned for its nationwide break this Friday.
Syria documentary, likely Oscar-contender “City of Ghosts” (IFC) opened in New York only, landing high-end reviews for a reality-based theatrical release.
A Ghost Story (A24) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, Seattle, Bam 2017
$108,067 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average »
- Tom Brueggemann
7 July 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The innate superiority of the Hemsworth family gene pool is demonstrated by Timothy Woodward Jr.’s low-budget oater in which Luke, older brother to Chris and Liam, plays Wild Bill Hickok. A perfectly serviceable Western featuring a comfortingly familiar storyline, Hickok will tide genre fans over until more substantial offerings come along.
Following in the footsteps of such actors as Gary Cooper, Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott, among many others, the burly Hemsworth proves more than credible with his portrayal of the iconic gunslinger, the sort of archetypal Western character who doesn’t bother to remove his boots while taking a bath. »
- Frank Scheck
As Hollywood has more or less given up on conventional westerns as mass-audience magnets, diehard fans of the genre have come to rely on a steady stream — or, at the very least, a consistent trickle — of small-budget, independently produced oaters to satisfy their appetite for old-fashioned sagebrush sagas. “Hickok,” the latest example of its unabashedly retrograde subgenre (the shoot-’em-up variety), contains a few elements — earthy language, fleeting nudity — that might trouble those purists who still pine for westerns of a more innocent era. But less censorious aficionados likely will be willing to look past the rough edges and enjoy the simple pleasures provided by a respectfully sincere retelling of a familiar legend.
At the center of this particular story is James Butler Hickok, a.k.a. Wild Bill Hickok, the Old West icon who inspired numerous legends — and, later, countless movies and TV dramas — with his exploits as a lawman, gambler »
- Joe Leydon
Starring Sam Elliott as the voice of a dog. Yep.
The article Short of the Day: ‘Limbo’ is a Fantastic Short with Del Toro’s Stamp of Approval appeared first on Film School Rejects. »
- H. Perry Horton
All of a sudden the scary decline at the indie box office has reversed. Through the first five months of 2017, only four films opening limited in the standard four New York/Los Angeles theaters opened with a per theater average of $20,000. In the last four weeks, four films have opened strong as “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), “The Big Sick” (Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus) opened well and reached crossover crowds.
This week’s addition, Sundance comedy hit “The Little Hours” (Gunpowder & Sky) is the latest surprise. Loosely inspired by the bawdy 14th-century Boccaccio classic “The Decameron” (The Hollywood version starred Joan Fontaine while Pasolini shocked in 1971), this tale is set in the Medieval Italian countryside with bawdy contemporary dialogue as a randy peasant hides out at a convent after his master catches him with his wife. It did strong business at four theaters on two coasts.
This comes the »
- Tom Brueggemann
Photo by Beth Dubber. Courtesy of The Orchard ©
Sometimes one role can define an actor’s career. Sam Elliott plays such an actor in late life, facing his own mortality and coming to grips with his life and career, in the sometimes funny, sometimes touching drama The Hero. The Hero is an intimate personal drama that draws on universal human concerns in a story that is by turns comic, bittersweet or moving. Writer/director Brett Haley’s thoughtful film has the same feel of authenticity as his previous one, I’LL See You In My Dreams, in which Elliott co-starred with Blythe Danner. Like that film, The Hero is a life-affirming film that portrays older adults as fully rounded individuals living in this present world instead of two-dimensional types, human beings with brains, a sense of humor and romantic lives. »
- Cate Marquis
Deadline is reporting that Poldark star Aidan Turner has signed on to the cast of The Man Who Killer Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, which is being directed by Robert D. Krzykowski and also stars Sam Elliott.
The film will follow the story of an American soldier called Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades later, Barr (now played by Elliott) is needed again, this time to hunt the legendary Bigfoot, the carrier of a deadly plague hidden deep in the Canadian wilderness.
Production on The Man Who Killer Hitler and Then the Bigfoot is set to get underway this August. »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Poldark star Aidan Turner has been set to co-star in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, the film already toplined by Sam Elliott from writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski and executive producer John Sayles. Shooting is now set to begin August 1 on the East Coast. The film tells the story of American soldier Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades… »
James Butler Hickok, better known as Wild Bill, was one of the heroes of the American Old West; a figure who has attained a near-mythical status and whose exploits – some real, some imagined – are prime material for the big screen. The low-budget indie western Hickok is the latest adaptation of Bill’s life, with his boots now being worn by Luke Hemsworth, older brother of Thor and Miley Cyrus arm candy. He joins a proud tradition of men’s men playing the legendary gunslinger, including Jeff Bridges (Wild Bill), Sam Elliott (Buffalo Girls), and Sam Shepard (Purgatory). Director Timothy Woodward Jr. and writer Michael Lanahan limit themselves to a single chapter of Hickok’s colorful life: his time spent as a Marshall in Abilene, Texas. They...
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