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Fantasia 2014: ‘Cold in July’ is one of the year’s finest

25 July 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cold in July

Directed by Jim Mickle

Written by Nick Damici

2014, USA

Fans of pulp fiction will get a kick out of Cold in July, a gritty – at times bloody – and darkly funny crime yarn directed by provocateur Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street, Stakeland). This rigid and enthralling Texas thriller is one the most hyperbolic and stylish crime yarns in years. Think Drive, but with a better cast – a better script – and a sense of humour as sharp as a knife.

Jim Mickle’s violent black comedy stars Michael C. Hall as Richard Dane, a suburban family man who has a small-town framing shop, a beautiful wife and son – and a gun hidden away in the house which he should have no business owning. The opening scene gets the plot moving fairly quickly as he confronts and then fatally shoots a burglar who’s broken into his home. The local sheriff »

- Ricky

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Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Talk "Sexual Acrobatics"—Watch Now!

25 July 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Still blushing from watching the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer? Just imagine what filming that was like for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson—oh my! In a Today interview that aired Friday, the co-stars giggled about the "sexual acrobatics" involved in getting those steamy love scenes just right! "The reality of it," said 32-year-old Dornan, "is that there's a burly man you don't know very well three feet from your face…which isn't how you usually have sex—[not] me, anyway."  Johnson, 24, deadpanned, "I do, a lot." Of course, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter is kidding! "It's more about visually what »

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer Arrives Online

24 July 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Thursday morning, Universal Studios debuted its first trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the highly anticipated film based on the erotic novels by E.L. James.

The movie stars Jamie Dornan (who appears san shirt) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as his inexperienced lover Anastasia Steele.

The trailer, featuring a remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” starts off very innocently before teasing a few sex and bondage scenes at the end, including the image above of Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) blindfolded and naked.

The film, directed by Sam Taylor Johnson, has not been rated but it would be surprising if the MPAA gave it anything below an R-rating, given the graphic sex in the novels.

See Also: Five Sexy Secrets from the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer

The two-and-a-half minute trailer was exclusively unveiled on NBC’s “Today” Thursday morning.

Produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Awfully Good: Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

16 July 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz aren't the only amateurs who've had sex on tape. Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) Director: Tom Brady Stars: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson The touching story of a man whose big heart overcame his micropenis to become the world's biggest adult film star. Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star opens with helicopter footage of Midwest farm country; just your basic cinematic establishing shots. Then it introduces the audience »

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True Blood season 7 episode 4 review: Death Is Not The End

14 July 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Anna Paquin shines as a grief-fuelled Sookie in this week's True Blood. Here's Emma's review...


This review contains spoilers.

7.4 Death Is Not The End

Our final visit to Bon Temps continues apace with an episode packed full of sea changes. Fittingly downbeat it might be, but that doesn’t mean the season isn’t also moving at breathtaking speed – the idiot gang leader also known as Vince is already bleeding from the brain; after three weeks of no pupils, Laf is feeding the hungry and after last week’s shocking ending, Sookie is laying down the law. Welcome to the world Miss Stackhouse. We’ve been waiting for you...

Yes, perhaps this episode would have been better titled ‘I am Woman, Hear Me Roar’, packed as it was with women manning up and taking charge left, right and very right of centre. Sookie’s grim determination was the backbone »

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True Blood season 7 episode 3 review: Fire In The Hole

7 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bon Temps has never been more dangerous than in True Blood's latest episode. Here's Emma's review of Fire In The Hole...


This review contains spoilers.

7.3 Fire In The Hole

Ding dong the witch is dead! No, we haven’t lost the Divine Miss Holly, but this week, True Blood made good on its cast-cull promises, and ripped the ass, sorry heart, out of Dame ‘Unhealthy Obsession with Her Son’ Fortenberry. It seems there is a TV God after all. It wasn’t all good news though – this is the True Blood-verse, and every fantastic event has to be paid for with at least two horrific events and a very large dose of misery. The TV God giveth, and once again, the TV God taketh away...

Yes, in order for us to so thoroughly enjoy the sight of Dame Fortenberry’s still-beating heart glistening on the asphalt, we »

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‘Cold in July’ Review – Joe’s Thoughts

30 June 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael C. HallSam ShepardDon Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Lanny Flaherty, Kristin Griffith, Dorothea Swiac, Joe Lanza, Rachel Zeiger-Haag | Written by Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale | Directed by Jim Mickle

Texan thriller Cold In July, has been hailed as the new No Country for Old Men. The latest film from director Jim Mickle is based on a pulp thriller novel by Joe R Lansdale, who arguably isn’t in the same league as Cormac McCarthy. But can his film adapattion live up to the hype? Having been a big fan of the brilliant albeit trashy series, Dexter, I was keen to see how Michael C. Hall adapted to the big screen.

The film sets off at a rapid pace, with foundations quickly set for an intriguing puzzle. Our protagonist Richard Dane (along with his dodgy Texan accent), is woken up by a curious noise in his downstairs kitchen. »

- Joe Cronin

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Dakota Johnson's Dad Won't See 'Fifty Shades'

28 June 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

There's one family member who won't be seeing Dakota Johnson in "Fifty Shades of Grey" - her dad!

Don Johnson said he will be skipping his daughter's big screen debut as Anastasia Steele when the film hits theaters next year - but not because he can't handle see Dakota in the racy role.

"I probably will not see it just because it's not a movie I would see," he said, during an interview on "Good Morning Britain" this week. "I've never seen 'The Vampire Diaries,' I've never seen 'Twilight.' It's in a category of films that I just ...

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Heading Down Under in September

27 June 2014 11:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

While visiting our usual YouTube haunts, we came across eOne Australia's page and found some interesting news regarding when our fellow fiends Down Under will be able to check out the surprisingly good "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" on home video.

Look for Season 1 of El Rey Network's first original series, "From Dusk Till Dawn," on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on September 24th in Australia. It hits the Us on September 16th, and you can pre-order it now.

No specs for either release are available yet, but stay tuned.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” stars D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko and Zane Holtz as his brother, Richard (“Richie”). Other cast members include Jesse Garcia, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey, Don Johnson, Madison Davenport, Lane Garrison, Robert Patrick, and Brandon Soo Hoo.


In this supernatural crime series, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, »

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Cold in July movie review: summertime and the killing is easy

27 June 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Richard Dane once shot a man in his living room, just for having B&E’d into his home where his wife and their young child were sleeping in the middle of the night. But Richard (Michael C. Hall: Gamer, Paycheck) is a decent man, and though the police assure him that he was well within his rights to protect himself and his family, and he is certainly not going to be charged with any crime, he is shaken to the core.

This isn’t a thing that The Movies usually deal with, not on the scale »

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Will Arnett, Don Johnson Go for a Boat Ride, Dine al Fresco on Group Vacation in Italy: Pictures

27 June 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Who knew they were friends? Will Arnett and Don Johnson showed what a small town Hollywood really is when they stepped out together in Portofino, Italy, earlier this week. The two appear to be vacationing there with other pals and loved ones, including Johnson's second wife, Kelley Phleger. The Arrested Development star, 44, and the Miami Vice alum, 64, were photographed strolling through the coastal village on Monday, June 23. Both were dressed casually—Arnett in a green T-shirt and gray shorts, and Johnson in a gray T-shirt, [...] »

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Jim Mickle on Cold in July and the Challenges in Film Financing

26 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Director Jim Mickle is beginning to form a reputation for himself, in constantly producing unique, creative productions, that can’t be confined to any one genre. Following on from We Are What Are, his latest, Cold in July, also epitomises this fact – though sadly such ingenuity can make his films somewhat difficult to sell to financiers.

“The fact it wasn’t a horror film made it tough,” he explained. “You can bend the rules a little more easily in horror and fans are more accepting, and financiers are a little more accepting. This is a little tougher because it had a foot in the horror genre, but also had a foot in so many other spots that people didn’t want to wholesale finance the thing because of that. There were so many years being so frustrated about this.”

Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale’s eponymous novel, »

- Stefan Pape

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Cold in July review: Michael C Hall stars in a smart and sinewy thriller

24 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jim Mickle; Screenwriter Nick Damici, Jim Mickle; Starring: Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici; Running time: 109 mins; Certificate: 15

With last year's We Are What We Are, director Jim Mickle produced a near-miracle – a remake of a recent classic that was not only acclaimed, but did something genuinely innovative with its source material. Finally arriving on screens after several years in the making, his fourth feature Cold in July is a gripping and stylish western noir that blends the small-town malevolence of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence with a sinewy B-movie efficiency that recalls other recent potboiler adaptations like The Lincoln Lawyer.

Michael C Hall is Richard Dane, a meek everyman whose life begins to come apart after he accidentally shoots dead an intruder in his home. "My finger slipped," he says blankly, too shell-shocked to accept any of the hero credit his »

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Jim Mickle interview: Cold In July, thrillers, Argento

24 June 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to director Jim Mickle about his latest film Cold In July, the secret of suspense and his influences, from the Coens to Argento...


Where Hollywood appears to have largely abandoned the thriller genre in favour of ever bigger action adventures and sequels, indie filmmakers have stepped in to fill the breach. Earlier this year saw the release of Jeremy Saulnier's quirky low-budget genre piece Blue Ruin - a satisfyingly grisly thriller with a great everyman performance from Macon Blair.

This Friday sees the UK release of Cold In July, the latest film from director Jim Mickle. It stars Dexter's Michael C Hall as Richard, an ordinary family man thrown into a wild and unpredictable criminal underworld after shooting a mysterious intruder in his living room one night.

Adapted from Joe Landsdale's novel of the same name, Cold In July initially slips into the southern neo-noir subgenre, »

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Don Johnson: Daughter Dakota Johnson Will Make 50 Shades of Grey "Spectacular," But No Plans to See Raunchy Movie

24 June 2014 2:39 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Up-and-coming actress Dakota Johnson took a major risk when she signed on to play the female lead Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. The raunchy erotic story has Johnson, 24, playing a young woman in a boundary-pushing S&M relationship—a role her father, actor Don Johnson, has some opinions about.  The famed Miami Vice star, 64, has been doing press to promote his new movie Cold in July, and has, of course, been asked about his daughter's recent [...] »

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Cold In July review

24 June 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Stake Land director Jim Mickle serves up a twisty neo-noir thriller. Here's Ryan's review of the murky, entertaining Cold In July...

There’s a deliciously slippery quality to Cold In July, a neo-noir thriller from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Set in late-80s east Texas, Mickle’s movie contains distinct shades of such films as Blood Simple, Red Rock West and Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear remake, but at the same time, flatly refuses to cleave to genre expectations.

Dexter’s Michael C Hall stars as Richard, a quiet, mild-mannered family man who shoots an intruder in his living room one sultry summer night. Shaken to the core by the experience, Richard’s once humdrum life is disrupted further by the appearance of the intruder’s father, Russel (Sam Shepard), who manages to lace even the most softly-spoken utterance with a thread of barely-concealed menace. »

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Eiff 2014: Cold In July is an Unconventional Thriller

23 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Adapted from the novel by Joe R. Lansdale and directed by Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are), Cold In July is an unconventional and highly entertaining thriller. Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, it presents itself as a brooding Southern noir, but shifts gears on us part way through and develops into a black comedy, ultimately becoming a story more about friendship than revenge. This superb film stands as the highlight of the Eiff so far this year, and I thoroughly recommend it.

Hall plays Richard Dane, a small-town family man who runs his own picture framing business. One night he is woken by a burglar, and in attempting to defend his wife and young son he accidentally shoots and kills the intruder. Although badly shaken, Richard is congratulated by the to [Continued ...] »

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Cold in July Review

23 June 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In his career so far, director Jim Mickle has remained predominantly in the horror genre, but he now presents Cold in July, and while something of a departure for him, he relies on tropes of the aforementioned style to help move this picture along. Tapping into the same murky, Deep South setting that has proved to be a more than reliable stomping ground of late, spawning a variety of brilliant movies, ranging from Mud, to Killer Joe to The Paperboy, this plays on such sensibilities to create a similarly bleak affair, though sadly lacks the ingenuity of those mentioned above.

When Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) is awoken by a burglar in his humble abode, the transpiring set of events change his life for ever – as he confronts the thief somewhat impulsively – by shooting and killing the young man. Overcome by guilt, Richard soon has other demons to battle, as »

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Don Johnson "proud" of daughter Dakota's 50 Shades role

23 June 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Don Johnson has said that he is "proud" of his daughter Dakota's role in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the American actor revealed that he is not concerned by Dakota's Anastasia Steele role.

"This is the family business", he said. "This is what we do, and I am absolutely certain that Dakota will take a piece of material and a character which a lot of people might imagine could be inappropriate in some ways and turn it into something spectacular."

Don went on to express his hope that Fifty Shades will open the door for a number of further roles for Dakota.

"Speaking like a proud father and a seasoned professional, I can tell you that she is a gifted, gifted actress and this will just be one part in a long line of tremendous performances in her career."

The first promotional image of Dakota as Ana was released in February. »

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Cheryl Cole: 'Louis Walsh was frosty with me on X Factor return'

20 June 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cheryl Cole has revealed that her return to The X Factor was not warmly welcomed by everyone at first.

The singer - who returns to the judging panel after three years away in August - told talkshow host Graham Norton that Louis Walsh was not particularly pleased to see her back.

"It's a little bit frosty," she said. When asked with whom, she replied: "Louis."

After Norton asked if things were still off with her and Walsh, she joked: "They were never on!"

Speaking about her return to the ITV show, Cole continued: "There was a lot of grovelling to get me back once Simon was on board. It feels like I've never been away".

Cole also spoke about her highly-publicised bum tattoo, saying: "After I had malaria I created a 'f**k it list' - because life's too short - and the tattoo was on the list.

"It was in the £1000s, »

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