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Tolkien meets La cop thriller in Netflix’s Bright. Blockbuster or Christmas turkey? Here’s our review...

Back in the 1980s, when the buddy-cop thriller was all the rage, Alien Nation took the genre’s staples and threw a bit of sci-fi into the mix. In a future Los Angeles where extraterrestrials live among humans, an Earth-born cop (James Caan) is reluctantly partnered with an alien law enforcer (Mandy Potenkin); as they solve a case involving murder and narcotics, their antipathy eventually gives way to friendship and respect. It was familiar stuff, even back then, but the sci-fi angle gave it a certain freshness, not to mention a neat (if less than subtle) allegory for racial intolerance and hatred.

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Nearly 30 years later,
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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‘Out Of Blue’: First-Look At Patricia Clarkson In Neo-Noir Detective Thriller

Exclusive: Production has just wrapped in New Orleans on Carol Morley’s Out Of Blue, with a first-look pic of star Patricia Clarkson (above; full image below). Jacki Weaver, James Caan, Toby Jones, Aaron Tveit, Mamie Gummer, Jonathan Majors and Devyn A Tyler also star in the crime drama from the helmer of The Falling. Clarkson plays Mike Hoolihan in the neo-noir metaphysical mystery. She’s a homicide detective called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist…
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Contest: Win Misery Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. With Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery out now on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers who aren't afraid to watch the bone-crunching swing of Wilkes' sledgehammer.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Misery.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:


2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Misery Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 5th.
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Blu-ray Review – Misery: Collector’s Edition (1990)

Misery, 1990.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen.


Rob Reiner’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s very personal novel Misery comes to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The disc features a new 4K restoration of the film, along with new interviews with Reiner and effects artist Greg Nicotero and the rest of the bonus features found in a previous home video edition.

A co-worker and I like to talk about how the marketing content we produce isn’t the flashiest, sexiest stuff out there, but it’s the kind of nuts-and-bolts work that gets the job done. Our analogy is that we’re making well-built furniture that may not win design awards, but it’s functional.

That’s how I feel about Misery, which was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by the legendary William Goldman from
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November 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Misery Collector’s Edition, Super Dark Times, M.F.A., Creep 2

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We may only have several home entertainment releases for this Tuesday, but as the saying goes, “quality over quantity,” because this bunch of Blu-rays and DVDs are a stellar lot of films. One of my favorite horror films of 2017, Mark DuplassCreep 2, makes its way home on November 28th courtesy of The Orchard, and Scream Factory has given Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery the Collector’s Edition treatment (and deservedly so).

For you cult film fans, both Death Laid an Egg and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night) get the HD treatment this week, and other notable releases this Tuesday include M.F.A., Rememory, Super Dark Times, Woodshock, and Trailer Trauma 4: Television Trauma.

Creep 2 (The Orchard, DVD)

Sara, a video artist primarily focused on creating intimacy with lonely men, thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams after coming across a stranger’s online post.
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Dominique Farrugia Exits EuropaCorp, Joins Studiocanal

Dominique Farrugia, a popular French comedian-turned-filmmaker, has joined Studiocanal as co-managing director of productions.

A long-time collaborator of Luc Besson, Farrugia joins Studiocanal from Besson’s EuropaCorp, where he spearheaded the development and production of French movies, notably “Sous le meme toit” (which he directed) with Gilles Lellouche, and the upcoming comedy “CoeXister,”directed by Fabrice Eboué.

At Studiocanal, Farrugia will be in charge of developing and overseeing the production of French comedies that have the potential of attracting international audiences. Earlier this year, Studiocanal released French comedy “alibi.com.”

Farrugia will be working closely with Géraldine Gendre, who heads up French production and distribution at Studiocanal. He will report to Didier Lupfer, the head of StudioCanal, and Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal Plus Group. Farrugia will also act as film and fiction advisor to Saada.

Farrugia is the latest in a string of executives who have exited the financially-struggling EuropaCorp since September, following [link=nm
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‘Paddington’ Team Takes on Enid Blyton Classic ‘Magic Faraway Tree’

With “Paddington 2” still riding high at the British box office, the team behind the hit movie is developing another children’s classic, “Magic Faraway Tree,” an adventure novel by Enid Blyton.

The project first came to light in 2014 when Sam Mendes and Pippa HarrisNeal Street Productions said they were working on a movie. StudioCanal, the European studio behind the Paddington films, is now on board, and Simon Farnaby, who wrote the new film starring the stuffed bear, is attached to write the Blyton adaptation. It marks the first time the Blyton’s 1943 novel has been taken to the big screen.

Blyton, a prolific author of books read by generations of British schoolchildren, wrote four “Faraway Tree” books. “Magic Faraway Tree” is the second in the series. Each book takes place in the enchanted forest in which the special tree grows; the tree is tall enough to reach the clouds and large enough to contain small houses
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Horror Highlights: MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, Comet TV’s November Programming, The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, Occupation, My Neighbors Are Dead Podcast, Live-evil

Gather the family around the table, count your blessings, eat lots of food, and then maybe check out the MST3K marathon! Also: a look at Comet TV's November programming, Afm screening details for The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, and Occupation, My Neighbors are Dead podcast details, and three clips from Live-Evil.

MST3K Turkey Day Marathon Announced: Press Release: "It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! This Thanksgiving, grab a heaping helping of Mexican three-layer dip and pureed giblets and join your fellow MSTies for the beloved traditional Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon. Hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson and MST3K stars Felicia Day and Jonah Ray, this year’s marathon features six classic episodes of MST3K never before included in a Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon.

Starting at 12 pm Et / 9 am Pt on Thursday, November 23rd, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes,
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Amanda Sthers Teams With Studiocanal for ‘Holy Lands’ Starring James Caan (Exclusive)

Amanda Sthers, an acclaimed novelist and playwright who last directed Harvey Keitel, Toni Collette and Rossy de Palma in “Madame,” is completing her third film, the English-language family drama “Holy Lands.” Studiocanal is repping in international markets.

For “Holy Lands,” Sthers assembled a cast headlined by James Caan, Tom Hollander, Rosanna Arquette, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Efrat Dor. Now in post, the movie shot mainly in Israel, including the holy sites in Jerusalem as well as the Dead Sea, and in Belgium.

Holy Lands” follows Harry Rosenmerck (Caan), a Jewish-American cardiologist who left everything behind to become a pig farmer in Israel, including his estranged son David (Meyers), a successful gay playwright, his daughter Annabelle (Dor), who’s still studying at age 30, and their mother (Arquette), his ex-wife who decides to revisit their love story after finding out she is terminally ill. Harry is faced to deal with life and face its outcome head-on with the former
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Political Sci-Fi Satire ‘Obamaland’ Selling at American Film Market

Political Sci-Fi Satire ‘Obamaland’ Selling at American Film Market
One of the more offbeat titles selling at the American Film Market is the political science-fiction satire “Obamaland,” produced by Bergman Film Company, in association with Tomangie Films.

The company has been handing out red caps at the Loews Hotel with the satirical inscription “Make America Not Great Again” in hopes of enticing buyers to attend a Sunday screening in Santa Monica, Calif.

Set in the year 2040, the film explores the idea of an alternate future in which President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tragically fell from Trump Tower before Inauguration Day and created a scenario in which Barack Obama declares himself president for life, and remains president for another two decades.

“It’s time to laugh again,” said writer/producer Gregory Bergman. “The film is truly meant to be a political satire. Both sides have really gone off the deep end and ‘Obamaland’ is a reflection of that
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Afm: 'Casino Jack' Producer Forms New Film Venture

Producer Bill Marks has partnered with A71 Entertainment to form V71, a new film distribution, international sales and production venture.

The new company, unveiled at Afm, combines Marks' production shingle Vortex Pictures and A71 Entertainment, led by David Miller, Chad Maker and Kirk Comrie. Marks' film credits include the Kevin Spacey-starrer Casino Jack; the Western Forsaken, starring Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland; Compulsion, featuring Heather Graham and Carrie-Anne Moss; and A Fighting Man, starring Dominic Purcell, James Caan and Lou Gossett Jr.

V71 has tapped Owen Kelly as head of sales and Susan Curran, formerly executive director of marketing and...
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Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’

Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’
Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to Ron Perlman-starring “The Escape of Prisoner 614.” North American rights are handled by CAA.

The comedy-drama, directed by Zach Golden, involves two former sheriff’s deputies chasing after an escaped prisoner in the hopes of getting their jobs back. Now in post-production, it co-stars “Martin Starr, from “Knocked Up.” Production is by Jordan Beckerman, Jordan Yale Levine, and Shaun Sanghani.

Film Mode will present first footage of the movie at the American Film Market this week, alongwith promotional reel for Terence Stamp-starring “Viking Destiny.”

Adventure film “Viking destiny” centers on a young Norse girl, the rightful heir to the Viking kingdom, who is banished after she’s framed for the murder of her father, the king. It was written and directed by David L.G. Hughes, the film explores the legendary crusades of Scandinavian explorers.

Film Mode’s recent titles include “Sugar Mountain” starring
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Interview, Audio: Miles Teller on ‘Thank You for Your Service’

Chicago – When Johnny comes marching home again, as the old song goes, we’ll give him a hearty welcome then. Most Americans truncate that to the phrase, “Thank You for Your Service,” which is the title of a new film featuring Miles Teller, who portrays Iraq War veteran Adam Schumann, and is the directorial debut of Jason Hall.

The film is about the lingering effects of being on a battlefield, and the lack of care given to the soldiers who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd). Adam Schumann (Teller) comes home from the Iraq War to his wife and kids, along with a couple other buddies from his unit, Will and Solo (Joe Cole and Beulah Koale). As they try to assimilate back to normalcy, Will takes his own life. This triggers buried war traumas in Adam and Solo, and they lash out in different ways against the battle fatigue and families.
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Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment
Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback has been accused of sexually harassing at least 38 women stemming back to at least the 1980s.

A Los Angeles Times report explains that while some of the women were looking for work in the entertainment industry at the time of the alleged incidents, others were simply women Toback approached. 31 of the women agreed to speak on the record, and they all detailed various incidents in which Toback allegedly made lewd suggestions, steered conversations into sexually explicit territory, and in the worst instances, rubbed against them until he ejaculated into his pants or on their bodies.

“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,’” actress Adrienne Lavalley said of a 2008 hotel room encounter that ended with Toback trying to rub his crotch against her leg. When she recoiled, he stood up and ejaculated in his pants. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself,
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Movie News: Daisy Ridley Touted for Mysterious Superhero Comedy; Watch Chris Hemsworth in First '12 Strong' Trailer

Superhero Comedy: Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express, above) and her Murder costar Josh Gad, as well as Luke Evans, are all attached to star in a project described as "a character-driven comedy that takes an original spin on the superhero genre." The project, which is still in its early days, originated with Gad, who came up with the idea and then brought the actors together along with writers Aaron and Jordan Kandell (Moana). [Deadline]   Out of Blue: James Caan (The Good Neighbor, above) and Jacki Weaver (Equals) have joined the cast of Out of Blue. Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones star in the crime drama, which follows a homicide detective (Clarkson) who must investigate a shooting of an astrophysicist. The film is currently in production under the...

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Jacki Weaver, James Caan Join ‘Out Of Blue’ Neo-Noir Feature From Carol Morley

Jacki Weaver, James Caan Join ‘Out Of Blue’ Neo-Noir Feature From Carol Morley
Exclusive: Production has begun in New Orleans on The Falling helmer Carol Morley's crime drama Out Of Blue. Jacki Weaver and James Caan have joined the cast alongside the previously announced Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones. Billed as a neo-noir detective story and metaphysical mystery, the story centers on homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) who is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, and is affected in ways she…
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Hugh Hefner's Longtime Love Barbi Benton on the Last Time She Saw Him: He Thought He Had 'Plenty of Time Left'

Hugh Hefner's Longtime Love Barbi Benton on the Last Time She Saw Him: He Thought He Had 'Plenty of Time Left'
In his final months, Hugh Hefner surrounded himself with a small circle of friends and family — including longtime love Barbi Benton.

Speaking exclusively to People in this week’s issue, Benton, 67, opens up about her memories of the late publishing pioneer, who died Wednesday at 91.

“I cried all night ,” she says of his death. “I was a basket case.”

Benton met Hefner in 1968 on the set of his TV show, Playboy After Dark. She was 18 and he was 42, and while she initially wasn’t interested due to their age difference, the two ended up dating until 1976. She went on to
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Misery Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Announced by Scream Factory

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You want to stay on Annie Wilkes' good side... especially if you're on bed rest. This November, Scream Factory will release Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's Misery on a 4K restoration Blu-ray, and Scream Factory recently revealed the impressive special features for the release:

From Scream Factory: "The extras on our upcoming Collector's Edition of Stephen King’s iconic film Misery are now finally settled and can be officially revealed today! Official release date is November 28th but if you order directly from us you'll get it two weeks early plus receive a limited-edition rolled 18" x 24" poster ofthe newly-commissioned artwork (while supplies last). Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/pr…/misery-collector-s-edition…

• New 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements

• New Interview With Director Rob Reiner

• New Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero

• Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner

• Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman

• “Misery Loves Company” Featurette.
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‘Misery’ And ‘Into The Night’ Get Collector’s Edition Releases In November

There are a couple of fantastic collector’s editions headed your way, and they both have new bonuses adding to the value of the remastered films.

Among other things, Misery is showing up with a new interview with Rob Reiner, and Into the Night has new featurettes with John Landis and Jeff Goldblum.

With Stephen King on everyone’s radar these days, it might be the perfect time to revisit one of the best film’s based on his work.

Take a look at all the info on these releases below and mark your calendars for November 7th and 28th.

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive. On November 28, 2017, Scream Factory proudly presents the iconic thriller Misery in its definitive home video release. The 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray comes complete with a new 4K restoration from the original film elements and hours of bonus features,
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