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Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet

Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet
Two-time Oscar nominee and supporting actress winner Melissa Leo is still getting used to the limelight. “It’s a struggle that I frankly have had, of not having grown up as an actress walking red carpets and being seen in places, except my work,” she says. “And now, at fiftysomething years old, this old actor finds she’s got to find a graceful way to walk in that world.” She credits costume designer greats including Ann Roth and Marlene Stewart for teaching her how to dress for her body. She often considers her character in her fashion choices. “I don’t think, should I get invited to wonderful places this year with ‘Novitiate,’ that I will show up in a habit,” jokes Leo, who’d always longed to play a nun. “But I think a ladylike gracefulness would go along with the Reverend Mother; dark colors would suit her. It’s a respect that I pay to
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Teaser and poster for ‘When It Rings’

For the first time since the death of his sister, Zach (Martin) returns to his childhood home to get it ready for sale. While there, he uncovers an old toy phone he once used to “talk” to his dead sister. Years of counseling convinced him it was all in his head until an unexpected call comes through the plastic phone, setting off a series of terrifying events, and making him question what, and who, is real.

When It Rings features action movie vet Mel Novak, whose many credits also include Game of Death, Holy Terror and the upcoming Steve McQueen: American Icon; who joins Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland, Amy Ellenberger, Mann Alfonso, Sophia Monti and newcomer Gonzalo Martin in the film – which is directed by Ty Haisten and David Rivers – whose short film “Chatter,” inspired this movie.

Kirkland stars as the neighbor-turned-caretaker for the unstable mother and Novak portrays
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Production for 'Tales of Frankenstein' has wrapped

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Production has completed for the upcoming horror film Tales of Frankenstein. Read the official details below.

From The Press Release

Production has just wrapped in Los Angeles on the horror film "Tales of Frankenstein," starring Bruce Lee's "Game of Death's" Mel Novak and "Wolverine" creator Len Wein in his final film.

"I was lucky enough to know Len well enough to call him a friend. He was a great guy, a fantastic writer and actor and can never be replaced," said Novak.

This film has an Indiegogo campaign for post-production costs with lots of great perks. Please help the campaign by clicking here.

2018 marks the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein,” so the goal of the film is to be released at that time to coincide with this momentous anniversary. This much-anticipated project is based upon four of writer-director Donald F.

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Production wraps on supernatural thriller ‘When It Rings’

Action movie vet Mel Novak (Samurai Cop 2, An Eye For an Eye) has completed work on his latest film, the supernatural thriller When It Rings.

For the first time since the death of his sister, Zach (Martin) returns to his childhood home to get it ready for sale. While there, he uncovers an old toy phone he once used to “talk” to his dead sister. Years of counseling convinced him it was all in his head until an unexpected call comes through the plastic phone, setting off a series of terrifying events, and making him question what, and who, is real.

Novak, whose many credits also include Game of Death, Holy Terror and the upcoming Steve McQueen: American Icon, joins Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland and newcomer Gonzalo Martin in the film – which is directed by Ty Haisten and David Rivers – whose short film “Chatter,” inspired this movie.

Kirkland
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Hellboy Reboot Gets Hemlock Grove Star Penelope Mitchell

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Hellboy Reboot Gets Hemlock Grove Star Penelope Mitchell
Just days after actor Ed Skrein exited Lionsgate's Hellboy reboot, due to concerns over "whitewashing," the project has added yet another member to its cast. Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) has just signed on to play a witch named Ganeida. It remains unclear if the studio is actively seeking actors to replace Ed Skrein, who backed out of the Major Ben Daimio role upon learning that the original character in the comics is a Japanese-American man.

Deadline reports that Ganeida is an elder witch who decides that the reign of terror caused by Nimue the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) has gone on long enough and tries to stop her. It's unclear if Ganeida ultimately joins forces with Hellboy (David Harbour) and his team of paranormal investigators to take down this medieval sorceress, but it seems likely. The Ganeida character had a similar arc in the 2011 comic Hellboy: The Fury, so
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‘When it Rings’ Waits for a Deadly Call

‘When it Rings’ Waits for a Deadly Call
Shooting has started in Los Angeles on the independent thriller When it Rings, Variety reports, with a plot that reminds me of the “Walking Dead” arc in which Rick is speaking to his dead wife on the telephone. Sally Kirkland (pictured above in “The Most Hated Woman in America”, Valley of the Dolls, JFK) and […]
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Sally Kirkland, Mel Novak to Star in Thriller ‘When It Rings’ (Exclusive)

Sally Kirkland, Mel Novak to Star in Thriller ‘When It Rings’ (Exclusive)
Sally Kirkland and Mel Novak have joined the cast of independent thriller “When it Rings” opposite newcomer Gonzalo Martin, Variety has learned exclusively.

Shooting has started in Los Angeles. First-time feature directors Ty Haisten and David Rivers are directing from their own script. Sophia Monti, Mann Alfonso and Amy Ellenberger co-star. Producers are Tyrone Tann of Stauros Entertainment, Ellecina Eck, Haisten and Rivers.

Martin portrays a young man returning to his childhood home to get it ready for sale and uncovering an old toy phone he once used to “talk” to his dead sister, who drowned a decade ago in the backyard and made his mother too unstable to raise him. After the phone begins ringing, he must decide whether to answer it or get rid of the only connection to his dead sister. Kirkland stars as the neighbor-turned-caretaker for the unstable mother and Novak portrays the unwitting buyer of the home.

Kirkland
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‘Double Exposure’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, Seymour Cassel, James Stacy, Pamela Hensley, Cleavon Little, Robert Tessier, Sally Kirkland | Written and Directed by William Bryon Hillman

A remake of director William Bryon Hillman’s own 1974 film The Photographer, Double Exposure is the latest slice of cinematic sleaze to be rescued from obscurity by the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome; and unlike the majority of their releases I purchase, this was a blind-buy, Meaning I was going into this movie without any prior knowledge with what to expect, trusting in Vinegar Syndrome to deliver another fantastic flick. And that trust – as usual – was well founded.

Double Exposure stars Michael Callan as Adrian Wilde, a prolific photographer whose specialty is shooting nude models for men’s magazines. His life starts to unravel when he begins to experience strange and almost lifelike dreams in which he murders the very women he’s been photographing. What
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Melissa Leo is The Most Hated Woman in America, watch the trailer here

With just two weeks to go until its arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has debuted a trailer for the upcoming biographical drama The Most Hated Woman in America. The film, which is set to receive its world premiere this coming Tuesday the SXSW Film Festival, stars Melissa Leo in the lead role as American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair alongside Peter Fonda, Sally Kirkland, Rory Cochrane, Josh Lucas, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Vincent Kartheiser, Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, and Alex Frost; watch it below after the official synopsis…

A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of the “American Atheists” and pioneering firebrand in the political culture war, The Most Hated Woman in America captures the rise and fall of a complex character who was a controversial villain to some and an unlikely hero to others.

The Most Hated Woman in America arrives on Netflix on March 24th.
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George A. Romero & Dario Argento’s Two Evil Eyes Coming to Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

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In the early ’90s, George A. Romero and Dario Argento came together for Two Evil Eyes, a film featuring two short films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, with one segment directed by Romero and the other helmed by Argento, and now Scorpion Releasing is working on a Blu-ray release of the movie made by horror royalty.

Blu-ray.com reports that that the folks at Scorpion Releasing are hard at work on a Blu-ray release of Two Evil Eyes, which is believed to be coming out sometime this year.

Romero’s segment, “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar,” reunited The Fog co-stars Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins, while Argento’s “The Black Cat” featured the likes of Harvey Keitel, Sally Kirkland, and Julie Benz.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed, and in the meantime, check out the film’s synopsis and trailer:

Synopsis (via Blu-ray.
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It Came From The Tube: The Haunted (1991)

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Like many folk, I knew nothing of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren until James Wan’s theatrical release The Conjuring (2013). So as I scoured the TV graveyard to unearth another relic from yesteryear, I came across 1991’s The Haunted – an account of the terrifying (and long) haunting that beset the Smurl family from the mid 70s to the late 80s, and one in which the Warrens helped out. And while it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Wan’s modern classic, it is nevertheless a satisfying addition to the Warren legacy, and a great showcase for Sally Kirkland as the besieged Smurl matriarch.

Originally broadcast on the Fox network on Monday, May the 6th, 1991, The Haunted had tough competition: ABC had MacGyver/ABC Monday Night Movie, CBS aired Evening Shade/Major Dad/Murphy Brown/Designing Women, and NBC had Fresh Prince/Blossom/NBC Monday Night at the Movies.
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Us Briefs: Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards winners announced

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Eric Mallory Morgan of UCLA has won first prize in the 61st annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for his script Tonya.

Bennett Fisher (Ucsd) and Nicholas Adams (UCLA) tied in second place for Damascus and Falling, respectively.

Third prize went to Dominic Abeyta (UCLA) for 100 Degrees while Meedo Taha (UCLA) earned an honourable mention for Other People.

Morgan is pictured at Tuesday night’s ceremony in Los Angeles with UCLA Tft dean Teri Schwartz.

Sundance Institute has awarded more than $1m to Documentary Fund grantees with projects at various stages. Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Matthew Heineman’s City Of Ghosts and Fredirck Wiseman’s Ex Libris - New York Public Library are among the recipients. New this year is the Bertha Foundation Fellowship supporting projects that expose injustice and illuminate issues at the intersection of storytelling, law and activism. Click here for the full list of recipients.Cineplex Entertainment
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Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Happy Haloween. Please enjoy this Photo of Oscar nominee and birthday girl Sally Kirkland wearing a live tarantula Halloween isn't only for trick or treating and costume parties though it is most definitely for those things. It's also home to many fine birthdays and events on this day in showbiz history... 

1795 Poet John Keats is born. Two hundred and fourteen years later Ben Whishaw plays him beautifully in the still undervalued Jane Campion movie Bright Star

1864 Nevada becomes the 36th State. Without Nevada no Las Vegas, one of the favorite cities of filmmakers and storytellers. It is entirely untrue that what happens there stays there -- it's always broadcast!

1879 Oscar nominee Sara Allgood (How Green Was My Valley) is born in Dublin

1892 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Movies and TV haven't shut up about the Great Detective since they were invented as mediums. 

1906 George Bernard Shaw
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Horror Highlights: Wolf Creek TV Series, Trash Fire at Screamfest 2016, Clowntown Signing, Destination America

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Oh, boy, Mick is gonna get it now! The Wolf Creek series is coming to Pop TV, Daily Deaders, and we have a clip from the first episode. Also: Trash Fire's at Screamfest 2016, the DVD release autograph signing for Clowntown, and Destination America's October programming.

Wolf Creek Series Clip: "About Wolf Creek: Pop’s limited series event--inspired by one of the "25 best horror movies since 2000" (Av Squad), one of the "100 Best Horror films" (Time Out) and one of the "25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining" (Vulture)--is an intense psychological thriller premiering Friday, October 14, at 10/9c. It stars John Jarratt as killer Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback except, this time, things are different. The series turns an entire genre on its head when a 19-year-old American college student, played by rising star Lucy Fry, survives Taylor’s massacre of her family and sets out for revenge.
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Screamfest 2016 Announces First Wave of Titles; Richard Bates, Jr., Xavier Gens Highlight Announcement

It kind of goes without saying but La’s annual Screamfest is one of our favorite events of the year. With every passing year, many genre titles are featured at the hellish (in a good way) Fest that was founded in 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky and there are always enough great films, whether they be short or feature length, to please any and every horror fan. Thanks to crew over at EW, the festival’s first wave of titles have officially been announced (This year’s fest runs October 18-27, 2016 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood)and I’ll be the first to say, Hell Yes. We’re looking forward to attending this year’s fest and hope to see you fright fanatics there!

First Wave of Titles:

The Master Cleanse (USA) 2016

Directed by Bobby Miller

Written by Bobby Miller

Cast: Anna Friel, Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt

La Premiere

Down,
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Screamfest 2016’s First Wave of Films Include Fear, Inc., Trash Fire, The Master Cleanse

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With the Halloween season around the corner, this year's Screamfest Horror Film Festival is almost upon us, and the first wave of films for the fest have now been announced, including Fear, Inc., Trash Fire, and The Master Cleanse (starring Johnny Galecki).

Press Release: "Hollywood – Sept. 7, 2016 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, announces the first wave of its official 2016 film line up. The festival, which will run from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.

“We’re so thrilled to announce such a diverse group of films this year,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Even in our 16th year, filmmakers continue to push the envelope and
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The Player

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail,
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Horror film 'Gnaw' begins filming in Colorado

By Seth Metoyer

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Colorado is quickly becoming one of the go to filming destinations in America. At the beginning of May, the horror film Gnaw began shooting principal photography -- and it's slated to be one hell of a ride.

From director Haylar Garcia, Gnaw stars Penelope Mitchell, Chris Johnson, Sally Kirkland, and Kyle Gass.

Check out the official details below, as well as some behind the scenes images. Stay tuned for more details about this one as they become available.

From The Press Release

Sally Kirkland, Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and Spirit Award-winning actress (Anna, Valley Of The Dolls, The Sting), joins the already stellar cast of the feature film, Gnaw, directed by Haylar Garcia. The film stars Penelope Mitchell (Curve, CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Netflix's Hemlock Grove), Chris Johnson (xXx: State Of The Union, L. A. Noire, Cursed) and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny,
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Vertical acquires Sundance horror 'Trash Fire'

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Vertical acquires Sundance horror 'Trash Fire'
Exclusive: Richard Bates Jr.’s horror premiered at Sundance.

Vertical Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s Sundance horror Trash Fire starring Adrian Grenier.

Co-president Rich Goldberg anticipates a fourth quarter release on the Circle Of Confusion and Snowfort Pictures production about a man who confronts his past and becomes entangled with his wife in a web of lies, deceit and murder.

Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Ray Santiago round out the key cast.

David Clark Lawson Jr produced with Lawrence Mattis and Matt Smith, while Makan Delrahim served as executive producer.

Bates Jr directed Sundance 2012 entry Excision as well as Suburban Gothic.

“Ricky [Bates Jr.] has delivered another cult classic,” said Goldberg. “The film is a wild ride, and performances from Adrian, Angela, and the rest of the cast are fantastic – this is a team we’ve been wanting to collaborate with for some time now and are
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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57
Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

Ireland was nominated for
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