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The worldwide rights for the Canadian crime thriller Cold Deck have been picked up by Screen Media Ventures. The film stars Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo.Screen Media Ventures are currently at Mipcom in Cannes this week to sell the feature film, then follow up sales at Afm. The first trailer for the thriller has been released. It features Robert Knepper sporting a blunderbuss-axe. I kid you not. Stuck in a dead-end job that can barely pay for his mother's medical care, Bobby Locke's (Gallo) only escape is poker. His skills at the table are put to the test regularly at 'Scruples', a club run by an enigmatic father-figure affectionately known as 'Chips' (Sorvino). Fed up with his lot in life, Bobby decides to seize the...
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Exclusive: The thriller will be sold at Mipcom this week.
Screen Media Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Sudden Storm Entertainment’s Cold Deck and will begin foreign sales on the crime thriller at this week’s Mipcom market in Cannes. A Us ancillary release is planned for late this year or early 2016.
Cold Deck stars Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo in the story of a gambler who has to pull off a high-stakes heist in order to get out of debt. Zack Bernbaum (And Now a Word From Our Sponsor) directs from a screenplay by Jason Lapeyre (I Declare War), Gallo and Slater Jewell-Kempker.
The deal was negotiated by Ikeman, Unstable Ground’s Justin McConnell and Screen Media director of worldwide acquisitions Seth Needle. »
James Caan checked into a Toronto hospital after suffering from a chest infection. We're told the 75-year-old actor, who's in town filming "Operation Insanity" with Paul Sorvino, was admitted Tuesday night. Caan has since been released after being diagnosed with a mild chest infection. A rep for James tells TMZ he will be back to work in just a few days and is doing fine. [[tmz:video id="0_nhgl6y89"]] Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The night seems dead. Driving down 38th Street at a quarter to ten on a Sunday night, most of the houses are dark. A few pulse with the televised glow of Sunday Night Football or perhaps Fear The Walking Dead. For the most part, though, the Minneapolis neighborhood has seemingly gone to sleep. But up ahead at 42nd Avenue, a bright beacon of light splashes across the street. The Riverview Theater’s marquee juts out to greet passersby, and turning the corner proves that the night is in fact alive with saints, sinners, and everyone in between. Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival has come to town.
A horror comedy musical from director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival has headed north from its recent stint in Chicago to sink its claws in Minneapolis for the evening. It’s been over three years since Satan set »
- Derek Anderson
Mob shenanigans weren’t the only crimes associated with “Goodfellas.” Or at least, that’s the claim made in a new lawsuit filed by Irwin Winkler, a producer on the film. Winkler filed suit against Warner Bros. Entertainment on Tuesday, claiming he’s owed millions from the film. According to the suit, Winkler and Warner Bros. entered a contract that entitled Winkler to 50 percent of the net profits of the film and 5 percent of the gross receipts after the “break-even” point for each film that he produced. Also Read: 'Goodfellas' Cast Reunion Revelations: Paul Sorvino Tried to Exit Film, »
- Tim Kenneally
Paul Sorvino, James Caan and Jessica Walter are set to star in indie thriller “From Here to Infirmity,” TheWrap has learned. The film follows Jake, a teenager who teams up with his badass grandfather Lou and his old war buddy, Smitty, to rescue the girl he loves from a bad guy. Sorvino will play Smitty while Caan will play Jake’s grandfather. Also Read: 58 Eye-Popping Portraits From TheWrap's Toronto Film Festival Studio (Exclusive Photos) The film will be directed by Erik Canuel. Produced by Arnie Zipursky, Bob Clark, and Jeff Sackman, the script was written by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. Sorvino »
- Linda Ge
Just when you thought the Mr. Big vs. Aidan debate was over…
All six seasons of Sex and the City are now available for Amazon Prime members to stream and download, the digital service announced Wednesday.
“Sex and the City became one of the most popular shows on TV over its six-season run, and we are excited today to give our Prime members access to every episode to watch anytime, anywhere, as part of their membership,” Amazon VP Michael Paull said in a statement. “[W]e know that Sex and the City »
Back in 2012, Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich introduced us to the sonically pleasing satanism that is The Devil’s Carnival - a fantastical underworld where damned souls sing away their sorrows. Three years later, the duo have finally returned to further their musical horror franchise by introducing Heaven into the mix, storming God’s gates in Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival.
The original film gives three sinners a shot at redemption, while this new traveling freakshow focuses on Lucifer’s growing disdain with the big man above. It’s about time someone exposed God for the blasphemous bastard he really is, and the Devil seems like the right man for the job – but it’s getting to the actual religious warfare that proves to be Bousman and Zdunich’s biggest challenge.
Picking up where The Devil’s Carnival left off, Lucifer (Zdunich) has grown tired of God’s (Paul Sorvino) almighty buffoonery. »
- Matt Donato
"I want people to get infuriated by it," Martin Scorsese said of his initial impulse in making "Goodfellas." "I wanted to seduce everyone into the movie and into the style. And then just take them apart with it."
In fact, some people were appalled and repulsed at the early screenings of "Goodfellas," which opened 25 years ago this week (on Sept. 19, 1990). At one test preview, there were mass walkouts within the first 10 minutes. But Scorsese's angry gesture soon backfired. Viewers did get seduced by the lowlife mobsters (taken from Nicholas Pileggi's 1985 true-crime book "Wiseguy") and the director's own adrenalized filmmaking style. Instead of an assault on the audience, "Goodfellas" became one of the most influential and beloved movies of the past quarter century.
In honor of "Goodfellas" turning 25 this week, here are 25 things you need to know about Scorsese's masterpiece. Don't let that red sauce burn on the stove while you're reading. »
- Gary Susman
The New York Philharmonic will resume its popular "Art of the Score" program which features the orchestra playing live accompaniment to the classic scores for equally classic motion pictures. It's a great opportunity to see the original films in pristine presentations along with one of the world's great orchestras playing the scores.
On September 18, the Philharmonic will present director Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront" and play the score by Leonard Bernstein. David Newman conducts and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne in the special guest. For more click here.
On September 19 and 21, the orchestra will present another Marlon Brando classic, Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" with score by Nino Rota. Justin Freer will make his debut as NY Philharmonic conductor. Special guest will be actor/singer Paul Sorvino. For more click here. »
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Residents of both Heaven and Hell are coming together in Chicago's Patio Theatre this Friday for the Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival experience, and we've been provided with five pairs of tickets to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Winners will get to see the Chicago screening of Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, along with the unique live performances that accompany the film. If you don't win the contest, you can still purchase tickets online.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (2) tickets to the 6:45pm Cdt screening of Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival at the Patio Theatre in Chicago this Friday, September 11th.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Devil's Carnival Contest”. Be sure to include your name, guest's name, and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Friday, September 11th. This contest is only open »
- Derek Anderson
Angels and demons are currently on the road for the musical tour of Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival. Featuring live performances coupled with a screening of the sequel to 2012's The Devil's Carnival, the tour will continue tonight at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. For the second part of our exclusive interview, director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich further discuss their unique horror comedy experience, including working with David Hasselhoff and much more.
Director Darren Lynn Bousman on the importance of offering a unique night out to attendees:
Darren Lynn Bousman: In the day and age that we live, we need to incentivize people to leave their house and actually journey out into a movie theater. Someone like me, who has a kid now, has to pay for a babysitter, pay for parking, carve out that time to actually go sit in the theater for a movie »
- Derek Anderson
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
Being a horror fan is usually the easiest way to earn a raised eyebrow from “normal” society, but being a jazz-squaring, belt singing, musical theatre fan in the horror community will almost always send you off to the isolated Island of Misfit Fandom. Luckily, for the proud and passionate citizens of this island, Darren Lynn Bousman is our proverbial king thanks to creating films like Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil’S Carnival, and its sequel, Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival.
Darren Lynn Bousman teams up again with collaborator Terrance Zdunich for the second installment of their dark fantasy/musical world with Alleluia!. Bousman served as director, while Zdunich reprised his role as Lucifer as well as writing the script and lyrics (with the help of co-composer Saar Hendleman). Set in the same glamorous, colorful, and mystical world, Alleluia! follows a feud between God (Paul Sorvino) and Lucifer, with God »
- BJ Colangelo
Come one! Come all! Gather around, because the carnival is back… Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival that is! In celebration of the new film, I spoke with two of the films stars – Chantal Claret and Jimmy Urine. You might know them from their music careers, but I promise you, they steal the show in the carnival! This was a real treat for me, not only as a fan of their music, but as someone lucky enough to call them pals! Check it out as we talk about acting, The Hoff, and get a bit ‘old timey’ with slang!
After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’S Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose. »
- Melissa Howland
One of the best things about the horror genre is its ability to divide audiences and create strong, passionate reactions. We may split on a comedy, sure, because we find different things funny, but chances are we won’t carry that experience with us much past when the end credits roll. Horror is different. Love it or hate it, it sticks with us, and when we see a movie that really speaks to us we connect with it in such way so as to believe the filmmaker has made something that’s just for us.
Few filmmakers embody this ideal more than Darren Lynn Bousman: while his recent output of films might not be for everyone, for the people they are for they are really for. After finding success within the studio system thanks to his trilogy of Saw films and his criminally underrated remake of Mother’s Day, »
- Patrick Bromley
Fans of of both Repo: The Genetic Opera and The Devil’S Carnival can belt out high notes of joy, with the announcement of Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival, the sequel to Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2, The Barrens) and Terrance Zdunich’s 2012 musical. The film, which stars Emilie Autumn, Tech N9ne (!), Adam Pascal and Paul Sorvino, as well as David Hasselhoff and Ted Neeley features music again written by composer/actor Zdunich.
Much like the Repo and the first Devil’S Carnival film, Alleluia! will kick off a U.S. tour, beginning with its August 8th premiere in L.A., before hitting the road for an all out, heaven vs. hell extravaganza that only Bousman and Zdunich could pull off with such gusto. We’ll be speaking with Bousman later this week regarding Alleluia!, so look forward to that, but in the meantime, grab your grease paint, warm up your »
- Jerry Smith
In just a few weeks, Darren Lynn Bousman and company will premiere Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre before bringing their own slice of delectable hell with them on the road, and tickets for the film's extensive tour are now available.
Starring David Hasselhoff, Emilie Autumn, Paul Sorvino, Adam Pascal, Ted Neeley, and Barry Bostwick, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival begins its U.S. theater tour—a blissful blend of live performances and onscreen storytelling—on August 11th in Los Angeles. To purchase tickets to see Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival in a city near you, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion »
- Derek Anderson
Back in 2012, Hell came to town in Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Devil’s Carnival. Written by and starring Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera), this old-school musical journey turned Hell into a three-ring circus, complete with a whole host of sideshow acts and carnie workers who belted out sinful songs of sorrow. Three souls entered looking for redemption, but what they found was more despair – and some catchy tunes!
It wasn’t long after that Bousman teased a return to his wacky carnival, and while it took some time to get things off the ground, we can now confirm his long-gestured sequel will be coming to a town near you! Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival will be premiering in Hollywood at The Egyptian on August 11th, after which it’ll kick off a traveling sideshow extravaganza through the Us and Canada. Much like with his first film, Bousman and »
- Matt Donato
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
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