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Nyff Sets World Premiere of Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

22 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The already-incredible line-up for the 2016 New York Film Festival just got even more promising. Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will hold its world premiere at the festival on October 14th, the NY Times confirmed today. The adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s Iraq War novel, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), follows a teenage soldier who survives a battle in Iraq and then is brought home for a victory lap before returning.

Lee has shot the film at 120 frames per second in 4K and native 3D, giving it unprecedented clarity for a feature film, which also means the screening will be held in a relatively small 300-seat theater at AMC Lincoln Square, one of the few with the technology to present it that way. While it’s expected that this Lincoln Square theater will play the film when it arrives in theaters, it may be »

- Jordan Raup

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Editorial: Mortal Kombat needs Kevin Tancharoen

22 July 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »


What happened to Mortal Kombat? The video games seem to have made quite a comeback but for a moment there were whispers of something very interesting; a worthy film adaptation. Don’t get me wrong, the first movie holds a special place in my heart. When it came out video game movies were still being compared to Super Mario Bros. (yes, the one with Dennis Hopper holding his paycheck the entire film) and they tried their best. But, I haven’t watched that film in years because I know all it will do is remind me how easy I was to please as a child. I choose to remember it fondly, they put Goro and Sub-Zero onscreen.

Some of you may remember the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. My goodness, where does one begin to pick that movie apart? There’s nothing I could write about that film that hasn »

- Tyler Richardson

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Comic Book Review – Sombra #1

19 July 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zeb Larson reviews Sombra #1…

Justin Jordan (John Flood, Spread) tackles a provocative topic—the violent drug cartels of Mexico—partnering with artist Raúl Treviño, who lives in Mexico and is drawing on his first-hand experiences to inform the story.

A DEA agent who disappeared in Mexico years ago has resurfaced and is now out-brutalizing some of the cartels he was sent to investigate. His daughter has been tasked with stopping him…by any means necessary.

See Also: Check out a preview of Sombra #1

Sombra takes us to a dark place (har, har): Mexico in the midst of the Drug War. A DEA agent named Conrad Marlow has gone rogue after the violence of the war got to him, and Danielle Marlow, has decided to try and go after him. Conrad has decided that the only way he can beat the cartel is to beat them at their own game, »

- Zeb Larson

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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

10 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s  presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Horror Highlights: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Screening, Dementia 13, Cod: Infinite Warfare, Torchwood

7 July 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a screening of the film will occur at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival on Friday, July 8th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: info on the digital restoration of Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Torchwood #1 San Diego Comic Con 2016 details.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 30th Anniversary Screening Details: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: 30th Anniversary Screening.

This Friday Night. July 8th at 11pm. Presented by Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

Giveaways by Scream Factory and Neca.

O Cinema Wynwood: 90 Nw 29th St, Miami, Fl 33127.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 will be preceded by Aj Briones’acclaimed short-film “Smiling Man”.

The Buzz Is Back!!! Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. »

- Tamika Jones

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From Dusk Till Dawn: D.J. Cotrona Is TV's New George Clooney

6 July 2016 6:59 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Logo has declared D.J. Cotrona one the "hottest men of horror TV," not that far behind The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus. His video clips have made top tumblr posts, and he's included on one fan's Secret Celebrity Crush page right above Marlon Brando. What's more, you can observe Cotrona doing some heavy lifting on Ontd (Oh No They Didn't), and literally hundreds of other sites are still salivating over his bare-chested shots from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, his second film with Channing Tatum. The first: Dear John.

But what's now garnering Cotrona some richly deserved international renown is The El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. (The first two seasons can be viewed on Netflix.) Here's a rather lively, quirky adaptation of the Robert-Rodriguez-directed/Quentin-Tarantino-written, over-the-top, gory vampire funfest, From Dusk till Dawn: The Movie from 1996. That cult classic of sorts features George Clooney as Seth Gecko »

- Brandon Judell

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[Review] Private Property

5 July 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Over the course of his career, the notoriously hard-living Warren Oates palled around with Dennis Hopper and served as one of many Sam Peckinpah muses. His relationship with Hollywood bad boys extended to John Milius, who directed him in the memorable title role for the B-grade biopic Dillinger. By the time he passed away in 1982, he had over 120 film and television productions to his name.

But in 1960, Oates was a struggling young actor whose broad, bulldoggish face and crooked-toothed smile didn’t exactly scream movie star. He was, however, perfect as a counterpart to Corey Allen in director Leslie Stevens‘ lost film Private Property.

Nearly six decades after its initial release, the black-and-white gem has re-emerged thanks to efforts of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Cinelicious Pics, a small company with a reputation for digging up valuable works doomed to obscurity. Their latest find provides a glimpse into a »

- Amanda Waltz

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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of June 20: Kino Lorber Plans Awards Push for ‘Tower,’ Factory 25 Gets Weird With ‘For the Plasma’

24 June 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Keith Maitland’s animated documentary, “Tower.”  The film explores the tragic story of America’s first mass school shooting, where a lone gunman climbed a clock tower at the University of Texas in 1966, shooting 49 people and killing 17. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2016, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best documentary feature.

The film has also picked up awards at numerous other festivals, including Dallas International, Montclair, RiverRun, and DeadCenter Film Festival. Kino Lorber will release “Tower” theatrically on October 12 at New York’s Film Forum, to be followed by a national rollout, marking the 50th anniversary of the shooting. »

- Kate Erbland

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Dennis Hopper’s Swan Song ‘The Last Film Festival’ Acquired by Monterey Media

21 June 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Despite passing away six years ago, Dennis Hopper will soon be seen on the big screen one more time. Monterey Media has acquired distribution rights to Linda Yellen’s “The Last Film Festival,” which stars Hopper alongside Jacqueline Bisset, CHris Kattan, JoBeth Williams and Leelee Sobieski.

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“The idea for ‘The Last Film Festival’ started with a laugh Dennis and I shared at the Sundance Film Festival,” Yellen says in a statement. “And that spirit of fun and spontaneity that is uniquely Dennis carried through the filming and onto the screen. He would be so pleased that what started as one laugh will now result in so many.” A comedy, the film tells of a failing producer who brings his calamitous movie to an obscure film festival in a last-ditch effort to make it work. The »

- Michael Nordine

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Provincetown Fest Holds Fast to Indie Spirit

16 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the Massachusetts seaside town that serves as its host, the Provincetown Intl. Film Festival has been a beacon for independent-minded artists who seek to showcase and discuss their work with a diverse and appreciative audience. The 18th iteration of the festival, which takes place June 15-19, is no exception, as evidenced by its lineup of feature films and special programs.

This year’s schedule includes the Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic,” fresh off winning Un Certain Regard’s director prize at Cannes, as its opening night presentation. It closes with the New England premiere of the documentary “Strike a Pose,” about the dancers who backed Madonna on her “Blonde Ambition” tour. The festival will also honor Ang Lee and Cynthia Nixon and offers a restored presentation of long-time festival supporter John Waters’ rarely seen sophomore feature, the 1970 cult film “Multiple Maniacs,” in addition to many other films, panels and presentations.

Cod Community

According to the festival’s organizers, Piff’s popularity is informed by the Cape Cod town itself, which over the course of three centuries has counted a Portuguese-run fishing industry, an array of artists, writers and actors, and a significant Lgbtq community among its residents.

“There’s something very unique about Provincetown,” says filmmaker Christine Walker, who is also the festival’s executive director. “There’s a camaraderie among the filmmakers and the audiences because we all feel like we’re in this inspirational place together. It doesn’t feel like you’re running around trying to secure a deal — it feels like you’re meeting colleagues and people who love film.”

Waters, whom festival artistic director Connie White describes as Piff’s guru, says the town and the festival draw eclectic crowds because “it’s still a beatnik place — a place for Bohemians, a gay fishing village that’s also hetero friendly. [And festival] audiences are passionate and crazy and accepting of almost anything. Who wouldn’t want to go to Provincetown?”

Honorees And Keynotes

In addition to Lee, who will receive this year’s Filmmaker on the Edge award from Waters on June 18, and Nixon, who will be honored with the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award that same day, the lineup will feature a keynote speech by producer Effie Brown [“Dear White People”] at the Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch on June 19. Actress-director Illeana Douglas will speak about her memoir “I Blame Dennis Hopper” at a PIFFtalks panel discussion June 16, while authors David Ebershoff and Lisa Genova will speak at a June 18 panel about the transition of their books — “The Danish Girl” and “Still Alice,” respectively — into feature films.

In addition to interviewing Lee as part of the Filmmaker on the Edge Award — a duty he’s handled since the first Piff in 1999 — Waters will also be present to offer up a newly restored print of “Multiple Maniacs,” which he describes as “training wheels for ‘Pink Flamingos.’” Directed in 1970 and featuring the late Divine as the owner of a homicidal carnival act called “The Cavalcade of Perversion,” the film originally played Province-town when Waters summered there, as he has for the last 50 years. “It played there before it had a distributor,” says Waters. “I worked at the [Provincetown] Bookshop, and the owner let me turn the display windows into advertisements for the film.”

Waters decided to revisit the film after appearing with the Baltimore Symphony for a production of “Hairspray,” the family-friendly musical based on his 1988 film.

“I was the onstage narrator, and I thought that the audience loved it for all the right reasons,” he says. “But what if they saw ‘Multiple Maniacs?’ They would be horrified!”

After working out some music rights and sound issues, Waters says that the film will enjoy a brief theatrical run following its debut at Piff on June 17.


“We’re always looking for films that are edgy and [of] quality,” says White. “We want something crowd-pleasing to kick off the festival, that will engage the town, and ‘Captain Fantastic’ [June 15 and 19] sets the right tone. Closing night is something that people can build up towards, and ‘Strike a Pose’ [June 16 and 19] had the right flavor to end the festival — it’s touching and very interesting.”

Other films screening include Jonah Markowitz and Tracey Ware’s documentary “Political Animals,” the drama “Indignation,” which director James Schamus adapted from the Philip Roth novel, and Susanna White’s film version of John Le Carre’s “Our Kind of Traitor” with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Harris. Todd Solondz’s new comedy “Wiener-Dog” will also screen.


- Paul Gaita

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Now That's Rare: Sean Penn Almost Named His Son 'Steak'

15 June 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Measured against other unique celebrity baby names, Hopper Penn's moniker is not that unusual - but the 22-year-old could have beat them all if dad Sean Penn had his way. Hopper, whose mother is House of Cards actress Robin Wright, told Interview magazine that his father wanted to name him after a bovine product. "My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much," Hopper explained. "But my mom was never going to go for it." Instead, he was gifted a moniker inspired by one of Sean's favorite actors. "It has to do with »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Now That's Rare: Sean Penn Almost Named His Son 'Steak'

15 June 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Measured against other unique celebrity baby names, Hopper Penn's moniker is not that unusual - but the 22-year-old could have beat them all if dad Sean Penn had his way. Hopper, whose mother is House of Cards actress Robin Wright, told Interview magazine that his father wanted to name him after a bovine product. "My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much," Hopper explained. "But my mom was never going to go for it." Instead, he was gifted a moniker inspired by one of Sean's favorite actors. "It has to do with »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Interview: Kris Kristofferson On Playing The Old-timer In Traded

13 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Forty-five years may have passed since Kris Kristofferson first made his brief silver-screen debut singing "Me & Bobby McGee" in Dennis Hopper’s tumultuous anti-Western, The Last Movie, but miraculously, Kristofferson is still gracing on-screen frontier towns with his cowboy wisdom and Western soul. Most recently, he can be found bartending in the frontier town of Timothy Woodward Jr.’s Traded, which hit theaters and VOD last Friday. Gone are the days when Kristofferson was helming vigilante roles such as the sharp-shooting Billy The Kid, but they are far from forgotten. In Traded, Kristofferson plays Billy, a hardened barkeep with a strict moral compass, living in Dodge City in the 1800s. When a stranger comes to town in search of his daughter, Billy is at first guarded,...

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The director of 'Super Mario Bros.' just gave a delicious tell-all interview about making the infamous flop

7 June 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the summer of 1993, Super Mario Bros. was greeted by awful reviews and grossed just $20 million at the box office on a budget of $48 million. Though the film was praised by many critics for its visual flair, the script was almost universally panned. Wrote James Berardinelli: "As everyone knows, arcade-style diversions are not known for strong, original narratives or well-developed characters. In that sense, this film is worthy of its inspiration." Ouch! Now, co-director Rocky Morton (who helmed the film alongside his creative partner and future wife Annabel Jankel) has spoken out on the "harrowing" experience of directing the video game adaptation in an interview with SciFiNow (via Uproxx). He's not kidding! Here are a few highlights from the conversation, which you can and should read in full here. 1. They cast Bob Hoskins as Mario because he was "available" (but really wanted Danny De Vito). "Danny De Vito turned us down. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Film Review: The Angry Birds Movie

16 May 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

.Synopsis: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to..

Credit should be given to Sony Pictures, Rovio Entertainment, and Jon Vitti (Writer) for taking a game about flinging birds across our phones and making something worthwhile. That’s not to say the movie is perfect, but video game adaptations can be particularly brutal when the game is simple. Super Mario Bros., the one with Dennis Hopper, is a great example of trying to take something beloved and not having enough plot to work with. Perhaps they did, and someone broke into the studio and swapped the script with utter garbage. Sonic the Hedgehog has never had a feature film, perhaps he is responsible. Anyway, »

- Tyler Richardson

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Criterion Review: Easy Rider

13 May 2016 5:10 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »


Dennis Hopper's counter-cultural classic, Easy Rider, is not only emblematic of independent American cinema, but, released in 1969, is the definitive statement on the death of the 60s. Indeed, as this year's darkly farcical presidential primaries currently threaten to plunge the Us into a political and moral abyss, the timeliness of Criterion's release of Hopper's film cannot be overstated. And just as the current political crisis follows a presidency that traded on hope and progress, so to does Easy Rider reflect on its own era's failed ambitions of individual freedom and free love.


- CineVue UK

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Win the Blu-ray special edition of Easy Rider from the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray

11 May 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of the Blu-ray special edition of Easy Rider on 9th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. In 1969, a low-budget motorcycle movie starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, became the first counterculture blockbuster and changed forever the way America looks at itself and the

The post Win the Blu-ray special edition of Easy Rider from the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party,’ ‘Arabian Nights,’ ‘Virginia Woolf,’ and More

3 May 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)

In lauding Miguel Gomes‘ three-part, six-and-a-half hour behemoth, it’s perhaps important to consider his background as a critic. Not just in terms of the trilogy’s cinephilic engagement with Rossellini, Alonso, Oliveira, etc.; also in its defiant nature. While it’s easy to assign the trilogy certain humanist and satirical labels from the get-go and just praise these films for following through on them, Gomes continually seeks to mutate and complicate his of age-of-austerity saga. »

- TFS Staff

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30th Anniversary – Blue Velvet Plays at The Moolah Beginning Friday

27 April 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“I have your disease in me now.”

Blue Velvet will be showing for one week beginning Friday, April 29th at the Moolah Theater

Blue Velvet  is set in the quiet picture postcard logging community of Lumbertown. Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), a somewhat naive and squeaky clean college boy, finds a severed human ear. Shocked and disturbed, he reports it immediately to the police while, with the help of his girlfriend (Laura Dern), he begins his own investigation, which soon leads him into stumbling into the seedy and violent world of abused nightclub singer Dorothy (Isabella Rosellini) and drug-sniffing psychopath (Dennis Hopper). Blue Velvet is the first movie in which David Lynch really showed us all his cards and united themes and imagery, now familiar to millions through the likes of Mullholland Drive, Wild At Heart and Twin Peaks. Now 30 years old, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet has lost none of its shock value. »

- Tom Stockman

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Blu-ray Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

21 April 2016 3:54 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Recognizing that it’s more than likely an unpopular opinion, I need to come clean and confess that I prefer Tobe Hooper’s 1986 sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, to its predecessor, which I’m also quick to point out is an unparalleled masterpiece of the genre. This has everything to do with personal taste. Tobe Hooper is one of my favorite filmmakers of all-time, and while I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen his 1974 classic, I probably revisit Part 2 every year. It’s one of my very favorite horror movies.

The third film in a trilogy Hooper made for Cannon Films in the 1980s (the other two being the brilliantly bonkers Lifeforce and Hooper’s remake of Invaders From Mars, released just a couple of months before TCM2 in ’86), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 was the movie the director had to »

- Patrick Bromley

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