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Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.
Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:
Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »
- Derek Anderson
Kristen Stewart’s latest foray with Jesse Eisenberg in a dark, comedic action movie is a bust. “American Ultra” was generally panned by critics and earned a paltry $5.5 million over its opening weekend. On the upside, Stewart and Eisenberg earned some praise from critics. Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale and Monique Ganderton. ...Read More
As the summer movie season winds to a halt, so are the crews on next year's blockbuster summer releases. On Saturday, Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito announced that Captain America: Civil War had officially wrapped production. Then yesterday, we got word from director Bryan Singer that first unit production on X-Men: Apocalypse had finished shooting. Now, we have word that Independence Day: Resurgence is officially in the can. Director Roland Emmerich broke the news via his personal instagram, sharing a photo of a double rainbow from the set in New Mexico.
"And that's a wrap on Independence Day Resurgence. Thank you, Albuquerque, New Mexico, you've been amazing. #Idr #NewMexicoTRUE."
Production on Independence Day 2 got underway in late May, shooting on location in Albuquerque. The cast and crew of Independence Day 2 gathered for a live stream Q&A session on June 22, where director Roland Emmerich revealed the official title, Independence Day: Resurgence. »
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 21. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide American Ultra Director: Nima Nourizadeh Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Teri Wyble, Connie Britton, Michael Papajohn, Monique Ganderton, Lavell Crawford, Nash Edgerton Synopsis: "A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) Hitman: Agent 47 Director: Aleksander Bach Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Rolf Kanies, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, Ciarán Hinds, Mona Pirzad, Prince William E. Morris, Michaela Caspar, Jerry Hoffmann Synopsis: "An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the »
- Steve Greene
Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows Johnson’s ascension from the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington. He was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.
Jackie Kennedy was seated next to her husband when he was killed in a motorcade, dressed in a pink Chanel suit. After the president’s death, she refused to remove her blood-stained clothing and was wearing the suit while standing next to Johnson when he took the oath of office as President.
“Lbj” is produced by Acacia Entertainment, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Kim Allen (Army Wives, The Carrie Diaries) has signed on to portray Jackie Kennedy, the beloved first lady, in Rob Reiner’s upcoming feature Lbj. Woody Harrelson is portraying Lyndon Baines Johnson. Also in the cast are Bill Pullman and Richard Jenkins who both play politicians. Allen is a relative newcomer but won kudos for her lead role in Curfew which won the Oscar in 2013 for Best Short Film. The script for Lbj, written by Joey Hartstone, was a 2014 Black… »
Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher") has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod's provocative, satirical comedy "War Machine" at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book "The Operators" by Michael Hastings.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious »
- Garth Franklin
The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention
Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety of genres and time periods, Nima Nourizadeh’s sophomore directorial effort American Ultra is generally more often entertaining than not, though considering the significant reputations of its leads and zany array of the supporting cast, it could have been better served with a bit more outlandishness than the conventional acts it delivers. As it stands, the success of this rural set conspiracy comedy depends mostly on the low-key charm this rather approximately defined scenario allows to transpire, but it ultimately isn’t goofy enough to allow for the cult notoriety something like this promises. As scripted by Max Landis (again returning to the landscape of youthful, self-reliant outsiders as in his 2012 Chronicle), there’s not a whole lot of surprise, but much like its drug of choice, »
- Nicholas Bell
American Ultra, 2015.
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.
A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
American Ultra opens up chronicling the entire movie with a reverse time-lapse that seemingly promises a chaotic bloodbath of craziness. It raises hopes of impressive action sequence choreography set in various locales and an imaginative ride in a world where a stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) unbeknownst to himself is a hand-to-hand combat machine that for reasons unknown must be terminated by the CIA. The movie unfortunately can’t wholly deliver on these promises but meets audiences halfway.
The romantic relationship between Mike and his likewise pothead girlfriend Phoebe (played by Kristen Stewart because let’s be honest, she »
- Robert Kojder
Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening American Ultra in St. Louis.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening on Tuesday, August 18th at 7Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
Oh, The Lego Movie... What hath thou wrought upon us? While we loved the adventures of Emmet and the rest, it has opened the doors to every other commercial touchstone and idea to flood into the film market. There’s already an Emoji movie in the works and now the company behind Pez sweets is looking to get a piece of that action.The venerable 88-year-old candy company, provider of those little fizzy sweets dispensed from the ratcheting heads of a variety of heads ranging from nature and people to superheroes and other pop cultural icons, has hatched a deal with Envision Media Arts to develop a film based on the plastic gadgets and their sugary torpedoes.Cameron Fay, who has graduated from writing and directing short films to co-scripting Bill Pullman/ Rita Wilson-starring indie comedy Brother In Laws, is attached to crank out the words for this one. »
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
In case you missed the second trailer for Lionsgate's American Ultra that debuted earlier this month, the studio has released a third trailer, chocked full of action. Before he takes on the villainous role of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mike Howell, a convenience store employee who is in for quite a rude awakening. After he becomes "activated," without even knowing it himself, Mike's incredible skills are put to the test.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is »
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Bill Pullman has signed on to play Sen. Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner’s Lbj, joining Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins in the pic about Lbj’s ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. The script by Joey Hartstone centers on the political upheaval Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) faced when he was thrust into the presidency after JFK’s… »
He’s been busy recently reprising his most famous onscreen political role as (now former) President Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence. But Bill Pullman is taking a job on Rob Reiner’s Lbj that should see him debating civil rights, not fighting aliens. Woody Harrelson is playing Lyndon Baines Johnson in the film, which follows the man's rise from the South to the White House, and the political turmoil he faced when the assassination of John F. Kennedy suddenly catapulted then Vice President Johnson in to the Oval Office’s big chair. Facing battles on either side of the spectrum, he attempted to heal the nation and secure his legacy by finally passing his predecessor’s Civil Rights Act.Pullman will be Senator Ralph Yarborough, a famously progressive Democrat from Johnson’s Texan home state who, despite their shared history, often found himself at odds with the man who would be president. »
Bill Pullman has signed on to play Senator Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner's "Lbj" alongside Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins. The film deals with Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) and his ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.
Yarborough was a famed progressive Democrat from Texas who was often at odds with the President despite their common roots. The pair were in the car together in Dallas when JFK was killed. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. [Source: Deadline]
Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers ("Grave Encounters," "Extraterrestrial"), will direct the horror-thriller "Temple" from a script by Simon Barrett ("The Guest," "You're Next"). Shooting takes place next year.
A book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released as a tie-in. The book will »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – The epitome of an idea that far outweighs its execution, “Pixels” is a bittersweet blunder that had all of the elements to be geeky great but ends up being cheesy mediocre. I could literally feel its potential for 105 minutes, but the $88 million film ultimately fails to realize it.
At the heart of the issue is miscasting and specifically Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Even though he and his production company let me down in the critically panned “The Hot Chick,” “50 First Dates,” “The Longest Yard,” “The Benchwarmers,” “Click,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and on and on, I honestly always give Sandler a chance even though his humor almost never works for me.
Despite my love for Pac-man, I was disappointed going into “Pixels” to see Sandler in such a lead role with his production company attached and his pals making bank with him. Still, I »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We saw a new trailer a couple of days ago [watch it here], and now a quad poster has arrived online for the Kristen Stewart / Jesse Eisenberg stoner action comedy American Ultra, which you can see right here…
See Also: Watch the first clip from American Ultra
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
- Gary Collinson
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