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Way, way back in the early-1960s, the Chicago Sunday Tribune had a separate section devoted entirely to books. Books, as Craig Ferguson explains frequently, are bound collections of sequentially numbered pieces of paper called “pages” that are, in fact, extremely long tweets. In that book section of yore, there was a “paperback books” columnist. Paperback books were collections of sequentially numbered pages, each in a size smaller than the original, bound in soft cardboard. At the time, most of these paperbacks cost thirty-five or fifty cents.
Stop shaking your heads, Boomers, and go back to finding nibs for your fountain pens so you can sharpen up your cursive. Yes, we are old. Just deal with it. Being a ComicMix columnist, I am honor bound to digress. »
- Mike Gold
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Dylan. Can you tell us how you got involved with “Scavenger Killers”?
No problem, I can talk about movies forever, just tell the guy standing right offstage with the big cane to yank me when my time is up. My first film, “Nightmare” played at Ken Del Vecchio’s Hoboken International Film Festival a few years back, and won some awards. Those were sweet awards to win, because they came with cash, and as someone who’d been around the block with festivals across the world, Ken’s festival was one of the best. I mean, he had a comedian hosting it, people getting roasted, clips from the movie, a whole red-carpet ceremony – it was impressive. »
- Jonathan James
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
Already hosting screenings of The Smiley Face Killers, Bloody Slumber Party and the Blanc/Biehn production Treachery, the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival (running from May 30th to June 5th) has now announced that Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been selected as the event’s closing night film, with much of the cast and filmmakers set to attend the special event. Information on how you NY readers can attend the special non-competition screening of the film is below. Read on, and let us know if you’ll be there for this one!
What: Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film as the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival. The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country. »
- Jerry Smith
"Mind-Blowing Psychopaths!" are on their way to Hoboken, New Jersey, as Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film at the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival.
The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country.
Scavenger Killers star Eric Roberts, along with numerous other stars, including several Oscar and Emmy winners and nominees, will be attending the festival at its Opening Night Celebrations and Gala Awards Ceremony.
Can't make it to the fest? Midnight Releasing has a July 1st DVD, VOD, and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers heading our way.
Scavenger Killers will be available across the Us and Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart, »
- Steve Barton
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes teaser trailers for Welcome to My Parlor 2, How to Kill a Zombie, and Kong, Ten Scary Minutes Film contest details, and much more:
Teaser Trailer for Welcome to My Parlor 2 Released: “In 2015… Horror has a new face. Here’s a glimpse into the world of Abel Worthy.”
To learn more, check out the film’s production company’s Facebook and Twitter pages at: http://www.facebook.com/jamtownfilms and http://www.twitter.com/jamtownfilms
Kong Teaser Trailer and Cannes Premiere Details: “Billions of years ago on primordial earth, born out of turbulent lava, Kong gets caught in the power struggle between two alien civilizations: One – a highly advanced synthetic-intelligent life form with a ruthless robotic army – seeks to drive the other – a group of determined refugees led by their Chief – to extinction. »
- Tamika Jones
Arriving on DVD, VOD and for Digital Download from 1 July is director Dylan Bank's new crime spree horror 'Scavenger Killers'. Midnight Releasing will be unleashing the new feature which reinvents the 'Bonnie and Clyde' concept this time teaming up a judge and a defense attorney who both go on a 'killing rampage'. Bank helms from a script by co-writers Ken Del Vecchio and Rachael Robbins. The movie stars Eric Roberts, Charles Durning, Robert Loggia, Dustin Diamond, Robert Bogue, Kim Allen, Ken Del Vecchio, Suzi Lorraine and the sexy Rachael Robbins ('Bikini Bloodbath Car Wash'). Head below for the trailer and to check out the bizarre synopsis. »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:
First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted »
- Tamika Jones
"Mind-Blowing Psychopaths!" is what the artwork for Scavenger Killers promises, and given the last few weeks we've had around here, we could use a little blowing... mind or otherwise. Okay, scrape your mind up from the gutter and read on!
From the Press Release
Everyone’s heard of the “long arm of the law.” What if there was a homicidal maniac attached to it? Midnight Releasing announces the July 1st DVD, VOD, and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers, a blood and guts contemporary tale of justice gone very, very wrong.
Scavenger Killers will be available across the Us and Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart, Target, Redbox, and more. On the digital side, the film will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, »
- Steve Barton
Acort International has picked up international sales rights to Scavenger Killers and Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum.
The company will release the films this summer in the Us through its Midnight Releasing label.
Dylan Blank directed from a screenplay by Kenneth Del Vecchio and Robbins.
Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum is styled as Clerks meets Scream and follows horrific events at a pool party. Thomas L Phillips directed. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99
The tale of corruption and greed in the banking business stars Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in his Emmy-winning role as the suave, hypocritical and skilled Roscoe Heyward and Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory) as the honest, hard-charging and focused Alex Vandervoort, both of whom are vying for the top position in one of the nation’s largest banks. Along they way, they have run-ins with such supporting cast members as Anne Baxter (The Ten Commandments), Robert Loggia (Scarface), Lorne Greene (Earthquake) , Helen Hayes (Airport) and a seductive-as-ever Joan Collins (Sins).
Yes, it’s a very dated piece as far as the banking industry goes, with the storylines including bits on such problems as credit card fraud, embezzlement, inflation, »
Though Tom Hanks had been around the block several times before Big hit, it’s the movie that really launched him into a top spot in the cultural consciousness. The awesome, but short-lived, Bosom Buddies managed to get Hanks some guest spots on shows like Family Ties, and 1984 kicked off a string off films that, while perhaps loved by some, didn’t exactly serve to rocket anyone to stardom – Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit. 1988′s Big put Hanks on the map in a big way, and audiences were taken by the charm, depth, and overall impressive abilities Hanks displayed in the film. This carried him through a few years of what we have to now hope were contractual obligation films (Joe vs. The Volcano, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch), to the point that Hanks managed A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, »
- Marc Eastman
Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02
In his blockbuster movies, Tom Cruise likes to ride motorcycles and run with his fingers outstretched. Jean-Claude Van Damme likes to wear tight lycra and do the splits a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to make that sort of guttural "graargh" noise when he gets into fights.
Sylvester Stallone, on the other hand, has his own set of interests and habits. He likes to fire machine guns one-handed, scream while flying helicopters, and making a "hurgh!" noise when he does something athletic. Also, he has a tendency to star in films that involve prisons.
Now, admittedly, Stallone's appeared in lots of films where there's no sign of jail cells, sadistic prison wardens or metal trays with hideous food piled up on them. But then again, he has appeared in these. »
J M R Luna directed Arclight’s Tell, about a small-time crook who lands in trouble when he pulls of a major bank robbery.
Kevin Mann, Matt Perniciaro and Christopher Boyd of Haven Entertainment produced with Ventimiglia (pictured) and Russ Cundiff of Divide Pictures (Static). Mauricio Betancur, Rick Matros and George Voskericyan are the executive producers.
The film is currently in post and is scheduled for a summer release. Arclight will present previously unseen footage.
Spotlight Pictures CEO Matt McCombs has unveiled five projects for the market. The musically inspired There is Always Woodstock stars Allison Miller, James Wolk, Rumer Willis, Ryan Guzman, Katey Sagal, Anna Anissimova and Brittany Snow.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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