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The Blair Witch Project celebrates its 15th anniversary in the UK today (October 22).
The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything
It became the first of its kind in Hollywood due to its commercial success and viral online campaign, which was created to make the production look like a real documentary. The Blair Witch website with details on the made-up mythology still exists.
And the clever campaign worked on some gullible and vulnerable viewers. We remember witnessing real tears of fear being shed by some audience members in the cinema (and definitely not ours...).
It purports to be a documentary shot by three inquisitive, daring, and at times daft students investigating the local Blair Witch legend in the Maryland forest. »
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
Short films starring Tony Hale, Amy Smart, Sophia Loren, Ethan Sandler, Zach Braff and Regina King have joined the opening-night program at the 10th Anniversary HollyShorts film festival in Hollywood. Added to a lineup that already included “Satellite Beach,” starring and directed by Luke Wilson, and a new short from animation pioneer Bill Plympton, the new films will make the Aug. 14 program the most star-heavy opening night in HollyShorts history. “Veep” star and Emmy winner Hale will be on hand for Stephanie Laing's “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow” (photo at top), a wry short in which he stars as a. »
- Steve Pond
Title: Among Ravens Directors: Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg Starring: Amy Smart, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Victoria Smurfit, Johnny Sequoyah, Christian Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Russell Friedenberg, Calum Grant, Castille Landon “I’m lost in all this bullshit – I don’t even know who I am anymore!” screams a character late in “Among Ravens,” and at no point in the 103-minute running time of this dysfunctional-family drama does an audience member feel more of a surge of empathetic identification and crystal-clear truth. Co-directed by Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, this indie film is an achingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through. “Among Ravens” unfolds during an annual July 4 party hosted by Wendy (Amy Smart) and [ Read More ]
The post Among Ravens Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Leading Us distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide is set to release a number of its top-line movies in the UK via digital, DVD and theatrical partnerships through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.
The Movie Partnership, led by Michael Lee (pictured left) and Peter Dutton (pictured right), will handle all digital releases as well as manage all TriCoast’s TV sales. Spirit Entertainment will be handling the DVD releases and all theatrical releases will be managed through UK industry veteran Martin Myers and film financier Bertrand Lipworth. Myers will also oversee airline sales for UK and Europe.
CEO of TriCoast Worldwide Strath Hamilton (pictured centre with TriCoast Chief Executive Officer Marcy Levitas Hamilton) said today: “After twenty-eight years of producing movies and seven years distributing them in the USA and the rest of the world, we’re pleased to finally enter the UK market, where we’ve noted an upward trend in the distribution landscape, »
- David Agnew
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG) Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R) Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13) The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13) Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
Secrets are unearthed, marriages are endangered and avian metaphors are tortured to death in “Among Ravens,” the rare dysfunctional-family melodrama that might just make you long for a second viewing of “August: Osage County.” Idaho’s gorgeous natural scenery serves as the backdrop for this terminally trite ensembler about various so-called adults coming together for a fateful Fourth of July holiday, their every harsh word and bad decision captured from the perspective of a preternaturally wise young child who’s as much of a walking cliche as they are. The film opens theatrically and on demand July 18 through Gravitas Ventures, after which it will probably be heard from nevermore.
The story is narrated by a young girl, Joey (Johnny Sequoyah), who notes at the outset, “Ravens really like to be together, like family. Let me introduce you to my ravens.” You’ll wish she hadn’t. First there’s Joey’s mom, »
- Justin Chang
Among Ravens isn’t nearly as deep as it thinks it is. Centering on a group of friends who reunite at a lakehouse for their annual Fourth of July get-together, it shoots for the wit and profundity of The Big Chill, but as the film progresses, it soon becomes clear that directors Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad are grappling around in the dark for a greater meaning that they lack the ability to articulate. So, instead of providing coherent ideas about the nature of aging, marriage, happiness and family, Among Ravens plays in disappointingly shallow waters, presenting viewers with one-note characters and a borderline nauseating amount of clunky bird metaphors. Unfortunately, just because it sounds profound, that doesn’t mean it actually is.
On hand to provide some of the film’s most aggravatingly artificial lines is Joey (Johnny Sequoyah), a 10-year-old girl whose development literally begins and ends at precocious. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Us distribution and production company has formalised UK partnerships to distribute its titles across multiple platforms.
The Movie Partnership, led by TriCoast UK Ltd’s Michael Lee (pictured left) and Peter Dutton (pictured right), will handle all digital releases and manage TriCoast’s TV sales.
Spirit Entertainment will handle the DVD releases while Martin Myers and film financier Bertrand Lipworth will oversee theatrical distribution.
Myers will also oversee airline sales for UK and Europe. The Us acquisitions team headed by Daisy Hamilton will continue to oversee acquisitions for TriCoast UK Ltd.
TriCoast Worldwide CEO Strath Hamilton (pictured centre with TriCoast CEO Marcy Levitas Hamilton) said: “After 28 years of producing movies and seven years distributing them in the USA and the rest of the world, we’re pleased to finally enter the UK market, where we’ve noted an upward trend in the distribution landscape, particularly the digital platforms, for good quality independent films.”
The first joint-venture »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sometimes it's through the eyes of a child that the true motivations and feelings of the adults around them are revealed. And that seems to be the case in "Among Ravens," an ensemble dramedy set over the course of a July 4th weekend. Written by Russell Friedenberg, who also-co directs with Randy Redroad, the film stars Amy Smart, Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Natalie Imbruglia and more, with the story following former college radical Wendy and trust fund baby Ellis, whose marriage is not what it appears to be on the outside. And Ellis' daughter Joey witnesses how it unfolds over the holiday weekend, as the couple invites a handful of guests to their home including nature photographer Chad, who bonds with Joey, and has secrets of his own. And below you can see how Joey isn't so easily placated by the metaphors offered by those around her. "Among Ravens" premiered »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Us distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide will release a number of its top-line movies in the UK through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.
Further releases will include 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose and starring Sienna Miller, Danny Huston and Jack Huston, Toolbox Murders 2 starring Bruce Dern, family drama Among Ravens starring Amy Smart and 3 Nights in the Desert starring Vincent Piazza, Amber Tamblyn and Wes Bentley.
The Movie Partnership, led by Michael Lee and Peter Dutton will handle all digital releases as well as manage all TriCoast’s TV sales. Spirit Entertainment will be handling the DVD releases and theatrical releases will be managed through Martin Myers and film financier Bertrand Lipworth. Myers will also oversee airline sales for UK and Europe.
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
London — U.S. distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide is set to release a string of movies in the U.K. via digital, DVD and theatrical partnerships through newly-formed TriCoast U.K.
The Movie Partnership, led by Michael Lee (pictured left) and Peter Dutton (pictured right), will handle digital releases, as well as manage TriCoast’s TV sales. Spirit Entertainment will be handling DVD releases, and theatrical releases will be managed through Martin Myers and Bertrand Lipworth. Myers will also oversee airline sales for U.K. and Europe.
CEO of TriCoast Worldwide, Strath Hamilton (pictured center with TriCoast chief executive officer Marcy Levitas Hamilton), said: “After 28 years of producing movies and seven years distributing them in the U.S. and the rest of the world, we’re pleased to finally enter the U.K. market, where we’ve noted an upward trend in the distribution landscape, particularly the digital platforms, »
- Leo Barraclough
Today, We Got This Covered is happy to bring you an exclusive look at Gravitas’ upcoming comedic drama Among Ravens, which will be releasing on-demand and in theaters on July 18th. In the clip, characters Wendy (Amy Smart) and Emma (Victoria Smurfit) examine an elusive art gallery piece and discuss Emma’s reaction to her husband Saul (Russell Friedenberg) suddenly wanting to have children. The scene seems a good indicator of Among Ravens as a whole, spicing a very serious and sad topic with some much-appreciated humor.
Though Among Ravens has flown under the radar, it looks like quite an interesting and enjoyable watch, especially when you consider the film’s impressive cast. In addition to Smart, Smurfit and Friedenberg, young Believe actress Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Christian Campbell and Natalie Imbruglia have roles. The official synopsis reads as follows:
An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by »
- Isaac Feldberg
Production company Benderspink filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming it is owed profit shares from the 2004 Ashton Kutcher thriller, The Butterfly Effect. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Named in the lawsuit that was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court were FilmEngine, Highwire, Roulette and Rhulen, which are described as "interrelated film production companies." Read the full complaint here. It claims that in 2003, Benderspink — which is run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink — and FilmEngine entered into a written memorandum to produce the sci-fi drama, that also starred Amy Smart and Eric Stoltz. Photos 'Pulp Fiction,'
- Debbie Emery
The new official trailer for the upcoming film, ‘Among Ravens,’ which offers a glimpse into the conflicts between a conflicted couple, has been released. The trailer was distributed in anticipation of the comedy-drama’s release On Demand and in theaters on July 18 by Gravitas Ventures. ‘Among Ravens’ was directed by Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, who also wrote the script for the comedy-drama. The film stars Amy Smart, Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Victoria Smurfit, Natalie Imbruglia, Christian Campbell, Will McCormack, Russell Friedenberg and Castille Landon. Gravitas Ventures has released the following synopsis for ‘Among Ravens’: An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by troubled couple Wendy (Smart) and Ellis (Leonard) [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Kyra (Amy Smart) and Leo (Brent Butt) try to have a nice, relaxing dinner in our exclusive scene from Entertainment One's No Clue, which debuted on DVD today, June 17. Carl Bessai directs this comedy centering on Kyra, a troubled woman who thinks she is asking a private detective for help in finding her missing brother, but in reality, she finds Leo (Brent Butt), a pen salesman who tries to fake his way through his first "case." Watch as Kyra and Leo's dinner gets off to an awkard start in our exclusive scene you can't see anywhere else.
When a beautiful, mysterious woman (Amy Smart) bursts into Leo's (Brent Butt) office begging for help in finding her missing brother, it's just another day in the life of a seasoned detective. The problem: Leo is not a detective. He's a pen salesman from across the hall. But how hard could it be? »
A few years have passed since myself and a handful of genre colleagues ventured to the CBS lot in Studio City for a set visit to Takashi Shimizu's 7500 - the ghost story-on-a-plane thriller. And by "few years" I mean three. Cameras rolled in 2011 with Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Nicky Whelan and Alex Frost starring. And yet, we've haven't see the film released domestically. There have been rumors over the years pointing to false release dates. Hell, one theater here in Los Angeles accidentally listed it on its website, but when you went to buy tickets it directed you to another film.
- Ryan Turek
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