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Q&A: Author Clay McLeod Chapman on The Pumpkin Pie Show, His New Collection Nothing Untoward & Writing a Deadpool and Venom “Love Story”

25 May 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Clay McLeod Chapman doesn't just write horror, he performs it in The Pumpkin Pie Show, an immersive storytelling experience that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Chapman perform (which our own Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James experienced at The Overlook Film Festival), you can certainly read his work anytime in a number of books, including his new short story collection, Nothing Untoward: Stories from The Pumpkin Pie Show. To celebrate the release of his new collection, we caught up with Chapman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his literary influences, twenty years of The Pumpkin Pie Show, writing The Tribe trilogy for Disney press, and his upcoming Marvel project that he describes as "a love story between Deadpool and Venom."

What authors and storytellers were you drawn to in your formative years that influenced your own writing and performing?

Clay McLeod Chapman: First off… »

- Derek Anderson

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John Hannah, Alan Tudyk and more join season 2 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

18 May 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BBC America has announced that it is expanding the cast of the second season of its Douglas Adams adaptation Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with John Hannah, Alan Tudyk, Amanda Walsh, Aleks Paunovic and Tyler Labine set to appear as guest stars alongside Samuel Barnett’s Dirk and Elijah Wood’s Todd.

Here’s the official character descriptions:

John Hannah (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marley’s Ghosts, Atlantis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will play the Mage; a powerful wizard who takes great pleasure in doing evil and is seeking to conquer a world not his own.

Alan Tudyk (Rogue One, Firefly, Serenity, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Maze Runner, Death at a Funeral, DodgeBall) will play Mr. Priest; a ruthless, dangerous, and violent bounty hunter working for Blackwing.

Amanda Walsh (Curb of Enthusiasm, Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Lost Girls, Sons and Daughters, Disturbia) will play Suzie Boreton; an unassuming, »

- Gary Collinson

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Musicians Mourn Chris Cornell's Tragic Death

18 May 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In what came as shocking news for almost everyone, popular rocker and musician Chris Cornell passed away suddenly yesterday. Best known as the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, the man was only 52-years-old at the time of his death. No cause for his sudden passing has been given at this time. Over the past 12 hours, many of his friends and peers in the music business have gathered on Twitter to pay their respects.

Earlier this morning, the Detroit Police issued a statement to ABC News that the singer may have committed suicide. His death is now being investigated as such. Officer Jennifer Moreno has informed ABC News that Cornell was found at midnight. He was inside his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit, where he had just been checked in on by a family friend. Moreno does go onto state that the investigative team have found signs »

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'Downward Dog': TV Review

16 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

I like to imagine that FX's Wilfred caused great tumult among the dog lobby. I'm referring to the advocacy lobby of dogs, not just the lobby on behalf of dogs and certainly not to the lobby at the Hotel for Dogs, which is quite the pickup scene.

There's no way that dogs liked the way they were presented on Wilfred, all destructive id and baser instincts. Plus, the main character was totally being played in dog-face, which I hear is pretty offensive if you know its history. I suspect it also caused great consternation that Elijah Wood's character was able »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Mpi Media Group and Dark Sky Films Acquire Distribution Rights to Bitch

9 May 2017 1:46 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Bitch has been acquired by Mpi Media Group and Dark Sky Films, with a Us release planned for later this year.

Press Release: New York (May 9, 2017) - Mpi Media Group announced today that it has acquired multi-territory rights to Bitch, a dark and unsettling dramedy from writer-director Marianna Palka, who also stars alongside Jason Ritter. The film, which premiered to critical raves at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, is one of the boldest in the growing body of work by new female directors. Mpi Media Group will be handling international territory sales of the film in Cannes and will release Bitch domestically under the company's Dark Sky Films banner later this year.

The distribution agreement was negotiated by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, VP of Digital and International Sales at Mpi along with Giles Edwards, Mpi's Head of Acquisitions and Development, Mpi Europe and

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Cannes: Mpi Media Acquires Rights to Marianna Palka’s Dramedy ‘Bitch’

9 May 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mpi Media Group has acquired multi-territory rights to Marianna Palka’s dramedy “Bitch,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Palka stars alongside Jason Ritter. Mpi Media Group will be handling international territory sales of the film in Cannes and will release “Bitch” domestically under the company’s Dark Sky Films banner later this year.

Palka, director of “Always Worthy” and “Good Dick,” portrays a woman who snaps under the crushing pressures of life and suddenly assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Ritter plays a philandering, absentee husband forced to quickly become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law, portrayed by Jaime King, as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis.

Producers are Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood, Mike Moran. Executive producers are Lisa Whalen, Elisa Lleras, Michael M. McGuire, Fernando Szew and Sharon Bordas.

Wood said, “‘Bitch’ is a totally unique take on a domestic breakdown – intimate, »

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Mpi Media Group to sell 'Bitch' in Cannes

8 May 2017 7:43 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Elijah Wood produced Sundance Midnight selection.

Mpi Media Group has acquired Us distribution rights and international sales excluding Latin America and the Middle East to MarVista Entertainment and Company X’s Sundance selection Bitch.

Marianna Palka directed and stars alongside Jason Ritter in the story of a downtrodden wife and mother who adopts the psyche of a vicious dog. Elijah Wood served as producer.

Mpi Media Group will distribute in the Us through its Dark Sky Films label.

MarVista Entertainment retains rights to Latin America and the Middle East.

Dark Sky Films continues its commitment to supporting the work of female directors, and Marianna Palka’s new film is a brave, uncompromising statement from one of the movement’s newest leading voices,” Mpi Media Group’s vice-president of digital and international sales Nicola Goelzhaeuser said.

Bitch is a totally unique take on a domestic breakdown – intimate, disturbing, tender and incredibly funny,” Wood said. “If »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Film industry reacts to Jonathan Demme's death

26 April 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.

“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Film industry mourns Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Elijah Wood among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright referred to Demme as a “great”, adding that “he could do anything”, in a tweet.

The Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood took to Twitter to simply post that he was “sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.

Tribeca Film Festival’s official account posted a tribute tweet, quoting Demme as saying “The chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high.”

David Simon, the creator of The Wire, stated that Demme was “a warm, gracious man”, expressing that he wished he’d had the chance to work with the director, though had come close twice.

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- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’

26 April 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and much more, died Wednesday at age of 73.

Demme’s varied career not only covered feature films; he was an accomplished director of concert films and documentaries as well, working with an equally diverse array of talent, from Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern to Justin Timberlake and Spalding Gray.

As news of the filmmaker’s death continues to spread, celebrities and influencers within the entertainment industry have begun sharing their reactions on social media. See a selection of remembrances below

Very sad to hear of »

- Dan Heching

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Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter

26 April 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The film world was deeply saddened when news broke today that Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme had died in New York at the age of 73. Demme was a brilliant and versatile auteur, traversing genres with rarely a misfire. He is remembered by those who worked with him, and those whom his work inspired.

Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS in Demme’s “Philadelphia,” wrote: “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” Meryl Streep, who worked with Demme on 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” said: “A big hearted, big tent, compassionate man- in full embrace in his life of people in need- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to »

- Jude Dry

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Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death

26 April 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications.

Demme made about as big a splash in Hollywood as anyone ever has with 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” which earned five Oscars including best director for Demme. His follow-up, 1993’s “Philadelphia,” earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award.

His most recent work behind the camera was an episode of the Fox police drama “Shots Fired,” which is scheduled to air on April 26 — the same day the director’s death was announced. He also recently filmed Justin Timberlake’s 2016 concert tour documentary “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” His most recent feature was the Meryl Streep starrer, “Ricki and the Flash.”

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7 Netflix Original Movies That Are Worth Seeking Out

24 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, in response to the news that Netflix had finally cracked the Cannes competition lineup (a breakthrough that inspired the Federation of French Cinemas to question if a movie that skips theaters should even be considered “a cinematographic work”), I wrote about the streaming giant and how they’ve performed as a distributor. My conclusions were, uh, not super favorable. Criticizing the company’s penchant for pricing out the competition, hoarding the hottest indies on the festival circuit, and burying them on their site without the benefit of a proper release, I argued that Netflix isn’t a distributor so much as “a graveyard with unlimited viewing hours,” and that “it doesn’t release movies, it inters them.” It’s a problem that extends to the well-funded features that Netflix produces themselves, a problem that’s only going to get worse as those titles continue to get better.

See MoreNetflix Keeps Buying Great Movies, »

- David Ehrlich

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'Beauty and the Beast' Star Luke Evans Shows Off Muscles in Hot Workout Video -- Watch!

20 April 2017 6:15 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Luke Evans doesn't seem to be skipping any workout sessions.

The Beauty and the Beast star showed off his muscles in an Instagram video on Thursday, proving that it takes hard work to maintain his chiseled physique.

'Beauty and the Beast' Stars Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens Join James Corden for a Crosswalk Musical

In the short clip, Evan helps build up his shoulder muscles by lifting two huge free weights.

"Lets get some boulder shoulders," Evans captioned the video along with the hashtags "#trainhard" and "#playharder."

The Welsh actor also treated fans to a Throwback Thursday snap with his co-stars from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at Comic-Con in 2014.

"A Hobbit, a dwarf, a dragon, some elves and a bowman walk into a bar… #Tbt," Evans captioned the photo featuring Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Evangeline Lilly.

While Evans is currently shooting the thriller 10 x10 in »

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Celebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängers

20 April 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Celebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängersCelebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängersAdriana Floridia4/20/2017 9:40:00 Am

Today is National Look-Alike day, and so naturally we're here to take a look at some startlingly similar actors and actresses in film.

Have you ever watched a movie thinking it was one actor on screen, only to realize later that it was actually someone who just looked a lot like them? We've been there, and we'll admit that we've mixed up these actors before. Who hasn't thought that Frodo was Harry, and Harry was Frodo? We've also confused Gandalf and Dumbledore, but we're trying to put that one behind us. 

The following actors could quite possibly be related, if we looked at their ancestral charts. If that's not the case then we can't explain the phenomenon of their nearly identical likenesses. We wish we had a celebrity twin.

Check out »

- Adriana Floridia

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Celebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängers

20 April 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Celebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängersCelebrate National Look-Alike Day with these 7 famous doppelgängersAdriana Floridia4/20/2017 9:40:00 Am

Today is National Look-Alike day, and so naturally we're here to take a look at some startlingly similar actors and actresses in film.

Have you ever watched a movie thinking it was one actor on screen, only to realize later that it was actually someone who just looked a lot like them? We've been there, and we'll admit that we've mixed up these actors before. Who hasn't thought that Frodo was Harry, and Harry was Frodo? We've also confused Gandalf and Dumbledore, but we're trying to put that one behind us. 

The following actors could quite possibly be related, if we looked at their ancestral charts. If that's not the case then we can't explain the phenomenon of their nearly identical likenesses. We wish we had a celebrity twin.

Check out »

- Adriana Floridia

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season Two; Tyler Labine Cast as Sherlock

17 April 2017 9:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has some new company. Deadline reports Tyler Labine has joined season two of the BBC America TV series.Loosely based on novels by Douglas Adams, the comedy-drama revolves around an eccentric time-traveling “holistic detective” (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant sidekick, a washed up rocker (Elijah Wood). The cast also includes Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif, Aaron Douglas, Dustin Milligan, Michael Eklund, Miguel Sandoval, and Mpho Koaho.Read More… »

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5 Reasons Why We’re Living In a Golden Age of Genre Films

8 April 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Yes, it’s only April and there have already been a few horror movie duds, from the lifeless sequel “Rings” to the laughable “The Bye Bye Man,” but genre fans have other reasons to celebrate. The first quarter of 2017 has been filled with exciting developments for horror, science fiction and supernatural storytelling, with more promising twists around the corner. Of course, anyone watching the variety of international genre cinema showcased at film festivals around the world was never despairing in the first place, but there are years in which few strong genre movies cross over to a mainstream audience, while plenty of subpar examples cram the multiplexes.

This is not one of those times. From exciting commercial successes to new venues for showcasing first-rate work, 2017 is crammed with reasons why we’re living in a golden age of genre cinema. Here are a few of them.

Get Out” is a cultural phenomenon. »

- Eric Kohn

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season Two; Osric Chau Becomes Series Regular

7 April 2017 6:54 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Get ready to see more Osric Chau. Deadline reports the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency star has been promoted to series regular for season two of the BBC America TV show.Based on the novels by Douglas Adams, the comedic drama revolves around an eccentric time-traveling “holistic detective” (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant sidekick, a washed up rocker (Elijah Wood). The cast also includes Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif, Aaron Douglas, Dustin Milligan, Michael Eklund, Miguel Sandoval, Mpho Koaho, and Neil Brown Jr.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Ian McKellen Explains Why He Turned Down the Chance to Play Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter' Franchise

4 April 2017 4:51 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ian McKellen has already brought the wizard Gandalf to life on the big screen in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, but it turns out the acclaimed thespian also had the opportunity to star as another beloved wizard -- Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter saga!

As it turns out, it was McKellen's choice not to take on the mantel.

Photos: Almost Got the Part

Actor Richard Harris originated the role of the celebrated Hogwarts headmaster in the first two Harry Potter films, but he died after a battle with Hodgkin's disease in 2002, at the age of 72, before the start of production on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

While filmmakers ended up casting Michael Gambon in the iconic role for the next six films in the series, producers first approached a number of famed English actors, including McKellen.

The X-Men star recently sat down for an interview with the BBC, where he opened »

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