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19 items from 2016


Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film from Brazil: ‘Little Secret…

3 November 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film from Brazil: ‘Little Secret’ Interview with David SchurmannThe touching and engaging “Little Secrets”/ “Pequeno Segredo” opens like a flower. In fact, flowers and butterflies are metaphors for the fleeting but beautiful and bright life of a young girl whose secret, shared with three women becomes a beacon of love for the audience.Based on a true story lived by the director David Schurmann himself, who, for two-and-a-half years lived on a sailboat with parents, his two brothers, and his adoped sister Kat, I was most curious to know more about his life.DS: I grew up on a boat sailing around the world. With the opportunity to see and experience incredible moments, such a life also made me aware of one important fact: how chance encounters can change our lives.My first contact with filmmaking occurred practically by chance, when I »

- Sydney Levine

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Trash Fire Review

1 November 2016 7:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since 2012’s razor-sharp Excision (or 2008’s short film Excision, technically), writer/director Richard Bates Jr. has been slicing and dicing the horror genre with his pitch-black brand and stinging social takedowns. Excision tore into religion and social awkwardness, while Suburban Gothic employed a goofy paranormal detective – but Trash Fire only crescendos his darkest thoughts.

Humor pushes through vile, narcissistic, masochistic appropriations of false appearances, making Bates’ previous films look like kiddie content in comparison. No character bothers to filter their intentions, berating one another with the most toxic, hurtful dialogue that’ll have you laughing your way to Hell. Bates writes a painful arc that’s constantly torturing those caught in their own emotional inferno, holding onto signature quirks despite his most serious vision yet. It’s a lit fuse that never stops burning, until humanity is nothing but blown-away dream.

Adrian Grenier stars as Owen, whose life is a catastrophic disaster. »

- Matt Donato

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Foreign Film Race Pt 5: "Hey, I know that face!"

17 October 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"Everything u ever wanted to know about the foreign film category"

Pt 1 All the trailers (A-i) | Pt 2 All the trailers (J-y) 

Pt 3 Debuts | Pt 4 Female Directors 

Pt 5. Actors You Know & Possibly Love

Successful actors really rack up the frequent flyer miles. Some pick up a second or third or fourth language and actually use those languages in their careers. Others merely stick to films in their native tongue but are magnetic or lucky enough to become well known all over the world.

So after surveying the 85 movies that are hoping to be nominated for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, here are 12 actors you may already know (or at least recognize) who star in one or more of the submissions this time around... 

Gael García Bernal made his feature film debut in the Oscar nominated Amores Perros (2000) and Oscar just kept right on gazing at him. As did we. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’

13 October 2016 11:17 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Written by Kate Lyra, Director, Latc — Latin American Training CenterAmidst the flurry of controversy surrounding its selection, “Little Secret” (“Pequeno Segredo”) screened for the press in Rio de Janeiro.

“Some people are afraid of the ocean,” says Heloisa, (Julia Lemmertz in a perfect pitch performance). “But I feel safer on the water than on dry land.”

Marcos Bernstein’s masterful narrative, directed by David Schurmann, sets the ocean as symbol and metaphor, weaving it through the interlocking stories of three families — and three mothers — forever joined by a secret and a child.

It is the ocean that both separates and connects places as exotic and unlikely as the Amazon and New Zealand, an ocean that protects and sustains us like amniotic fluid.

“Kiwi” (as New Zealanders are endearingly known) Robert Lockett (Errol Shand) has crossed the ocean to find work as a petrochemical engineer in Manaus, capital city of the »

- Sydney Levine

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Watch the Official Trailer for Trash Fire

12 October 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Going home to make peace with your past isn't always a good idea, as evidenced in the official trailer for Trash Fire, the latest film from Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic).

Synopsis: "When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life."

Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., Trash Fire stars Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vertical Entertainment and Orion Releasing will release Trash Fire in theaters on November 4th.

Trailer via New Trailer Buzz:

The post Watch the Official Trailer for Trash Fire appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"

12 October 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.

On the morning after the gala screening of Little Secret at the 18th edition of Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival, the Brazilian director David Schurmann packed his bags to travel to Los Angeles. Schurmann is to meet awards consultant Steven Raphael, who has been hired (via Skype) to help him with his film campaign for the 89th Academy Awards.

Little Secret was chosen last month as the Brazil’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, after beating its rival, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, by one vote only (the result was five to four). The choice made by Brazil’s Oscar selection committee further fuelled the controversy around Aquarius and led to protests on social media against Little Secret.

“Although at that time no one had seen our movie yet, we were attacked »

- elaineguerini@terra.com.br (Elaine Guerini)

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Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'

13 September 2016 4:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brazilian Ministry of Culture selects family drama over festival favourite Aquarius.

Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s Little Secret as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Shot in Portuguese and English, Little Secret stars Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmertz, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan. It was co-written by Schurmann, Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein (Central Station).

The family drama, in which three interlocking stories are connected by a secret, was inspired by the true story of the director’s adopted sister, Kat.

Little Secret is not just a personal or family project. It’s the dream of a huge, talented, and extremely professional crew. And that dream has been spreading to thousands of people. I’m so grateful to everyone who believes in Little Secret,” Schurmann recently posted on his Facebook page.

Its selection is not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers »

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Brazil Adopts ‘Little Secret’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race

12 September 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brazil has set Little Secret, a drama inspired by the true story of director David Schurmann’s adopted sister, and its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The country’s Ministry of Film made the announcement today. Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmert, Mariana Goular, Maria FlorErroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan star in the pic, which Schurmann co-wrote with Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein. It tells the story of Schurmann… »

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Screamfest 2016 Announces First Wave of Titles; Richard Bates, Jr., Xavier Gens Highlight Announcement

7 September 2016 4:59 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

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 HustonOliver Platt

La Premiere

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- Jerry Smith

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

7 September 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

- Derek Anderson

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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes

15 June 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has reported robust sales on the Croisette led by its hotly anticipated ‘painted animation’ starring Saoirse Ronan.

After closing a slew of deals on Loving Vincent in the run-up to Cannes, the upcoming film continues to entice buyers and the public alike, with Noeltner claiming that more than 110million people have watched the teaser.

Rights have gone in Japan (Parco), Scandinavia (Non-Stop), Italy (Adler), Colombia (CineColombia), and Israel (Shoval). Noeltner is in talks with interested parties for Us rights.

Loving Vincent chronicles the final days in the life of Vincent van Gogh and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Song Of The Sea Movie Review

4 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Song Of The Sea Director: Tomm Moore Genre: Animation Voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, ‘Song Of The Sea’ is the latest gem produced by the Irish production company Cartoon Saloon. The story is set in the Emerald Isle (famous for its stories about fairies and Celtic creatures), during the 1980s. Ben is a ten year old who lives with his little sister Saoirse and father Conor in a lighthouse, on an island off the Irish coast. Bronach, their selkie mother, returned to the sea six years previously, leaving Ben  [ Read More ]

The post Song Of The Sea Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Vertical acquires Sundance horror 'Trash Fire'

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Film News: 7 Films Announced For 2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival

9 March 2016 3:38 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Chicago Film Critics Association (Ccfa) has announced the first wave of films that will be presented at the 4th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff). The fest dates are May 20th to the 26th, 2016, will it will take place at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

The 2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival is scheduled for May 20 through May 26, 2016.

Photo credit: Cfca

The Ccff is the first film festival curated by film critics, and features a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers. Passes are now on sale (information below), and the following seven films are just a sampling of over 25 films that will screen during the festival.

Beauty and the Beast: Christophe Gans, the director of such films as “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “Silent Hill,” unites two of France’s biggest stars, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Poster and trailer for horror Havenhurst starring Julie Benz and Danielle Harris

1 March 2016 8:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming psychological horror Havenhurst, which stars Julie Benz (Dexter) and Danielle Harris (Hatchet II); check it them out below…

A troubled young woman, Jackie (Julie Benz), with an unyielding alcohol addiction, is released from rehab and given a second chance with a new job and a furnished apartment at Havenhurst. Guilt-ridden over the tragic loss of her 8-year-old daughter, Jackie is quickly drawn into the mysteries of Havenhurst, in particular the unsolved disappearance of the apartment’s previous occupant, a young woman (Danielle Harris) she befriended in rehab who disappeared recently without a trace.

Aided by a hardened New York police detective (Josh Stamberg) and a lonely foster child (Belle Shouse) who lives under the shadow of her caretakers’ sadistic whims, Jackie must not only battle her inner demons… but the very real ones that live deep within the walls of Havenhurst. »

- Amie Cranswick

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You Can Peer into the Darkness with this Trailer for Havenhurst

24 February 2016 12:43 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Havenhurst is a co-production from Protocol Entertainment and Twisted Pictures. This horror title, from director Andrew C. Erin, takes place in a strange apartment building. Here, residents succumb to dark forces. The film stars Julie Benz, Danielle Harris and Josh Stamberg. The film's first trailer is hosted here. The trailer is slightly dark. In the clip, a woman checks out of rehab and she checks into a mysterious locale. A manager has her own plans for Jackie (Benz). And, all of the exits are dead ends. A release date for the film has not been confirmed. With the film now complete, fans will not have to wait much longer as the film searches for a distributor. More details on Havenhurst are below. Release Date: Tba. Director: Andrew C. Erin. Writers: Andrew C. Erin and Daniel Farrands. Cast: Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg and Danielle Harris. The film's »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Sundance 2016 Review: Trash Fire is a Stinging Portrait of Family Dysfunction at its Bleakest

5 February 2016 12:12 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In less than ten years, filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. has made quite the impact in the world of independent horror. His short film, Excision, led to a stunning 2012 feature film version, his follow-up, Suburban Gothic, was a blistering, supernaturally-infused small-town yarn and with his latest movie, Trash Fire, Bates Jr. takes on adulthood and dysfunctional families.

For the most part, Trash Fire succeeds as a caustic tale of obsession, forgiveness, and the trappings of modern religion, although admittedly things start off a bit rough with the introduction of Owen (Adrian Grenier). We learn almost immediately that Owen is a complete asshole, as he abrasively chats with his therapist (Sally Kirkland) about his past and his general disdain for everyone and everything. Owen’s destructive nature is spilling over into his relationship with longtime girlfriend Isabel (Angela Trimbur), but once she reveals that she’s pregnant, Owen decides he’s ready »

- Heather Wixson

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Cmg heads to Efm with 'Havenhurst', 'The Possession Experiment'

28 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has added a pair of horror-thrillers to its international sales slate in Berlin.

The pair of films hail from Blue Fox Entertainment and include Havenhurst (pictured) directed by Andrew C Erin and starring Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan and Belle Shouse.

Erin and Daniel Farrands wrote the story about a guilt-ridden young mother who checks out of rehab into a swanky apartment complex run by a sadistic manager.

There she is drawn into the mysteries of Havenhurst, in particular the unsolved disappearance of the apartment’s previous occupant and the dark forces that lurk within.

Jina Panebianco, Tosca Musk and Erin produce the Twisted Pictures presentation of a Protocol Entertainment and Rma Media Partners film in association with Blue Fox Entertainment. Mark Burg and Wesley Sierk serve as executive producers.

The Possession Experiment is directed by Scott B Hansen from an original script he co-wrote with Mary Dixon about a theology »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Trash Fire’

24 January 2016 12:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Misanthropy runs in the family in “Trash Fire,” an aggressively unpleasant black comedy with modest horror flourishes from director Richard Bates Jr. Gunning for cult status, the pic may find a small following among those who prefer their dialogue exclusively delivered in the form of insults, put-downs and offensive outbursts. But awkward execution and thriller elements that fail to ignite will keep this oddity limited to, if not the garbage heap, at least the VOD ghetto.

Topliner Adrian Grenier distances himself immediately from laidback “EntourageAlpha male Vinnie Chase in the role of miserable antihero Owen. As he tells his bored shrink (Sally Kirkland) in the abrasive opening scene, he’s wanted to kill himself for years but could never work up the courage, even after both his parents died in a freak fire that left his younger sister scarred for life.

From that character-illuminating introduction, the pic segues to »

- Geoff Berkshire

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