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Suspect In Fox Executive Gavin Smith’s Death Found Guilty, Faces 11-Year Sentence

Suspect In Fox Executive Gavin Smith’s Death Found Guilty, Faces 11-Year Sentence
More than five years after 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith was killed, convicted drug dealer John Creech was found guilty today of voluntary manslaughter. Acquitted of the original charge of first-degree murder and also of second-degree murder by the jurors, Creech faces up to 11 years behind bars for the lesser crime. Having avoided life in prison from the harsher charges, the defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19 by Judge Stephen Marcus in L.A…
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‘Eliminators’ DVD Review

Stars: Scott Adkins, Lily Ann Stubbs, Wade Barrett, James Cosmo, Daniel Caltagirone, Stephen Marcus, Nick Nevern, Ty Glaser, Sean Cronin, Mark Wingett, Mem Ferda | Written by Nathan Brookes, Bobby Lee Darby | Directed by James Nunn

If there’s ever a phrase that will have me instantly reaching for my wallet it’s “a Scott Adkins film…” Honestly, nine times out of ten I will buy an Adkins film without so much as seeing a trailer. Why? Well because for me, Adkins is keeping the Dtv dream alive, picking up the action hard-man mantle from 90s pioneers like Jeff Speakman, Olivier Gruner, Gary Daniels and in particular Jeff Wincott, one of the only other true action heroes to have the same perfect blend of fighting skills, charisma and acting chops as Adkins.

Eliminators sees Adkins re-team with his Green Street 3 director James Nunn (who also co-directed the fab British thriller Tower Block
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Controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs wraps debut feature 'Fanged Up'

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Controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs wraps debut feature 'Fanged Up'
Exclusive: Screen can reveal a first-look image from the comedy-horror.

Daniel O’Reilly, aka controversial comedy character Dapper Laughs, has wrapped shooting on his debut feature film as an actor, the vampire comedy Fanged Up.

Directed by Christian James (Stalled), the film’s cast also features Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Lauren Socha (E4 series Misfits), Danielle Harold (Eastenders), former WWE wrestler Stu Bennett, and Joe Egan (Sherlock Holmes).

The film was shot entirely on location in Portsmouth. It follows a young rogue (O’Reilly) who is thrown into prison for the weekened, unaware that the guards are blood-sucking vampires and the inmates are their victims.

Fanged Up was produced by Terry Stone (Anuvahood) and Richard Turner (Nativity!), with Chris Howard (The Messenger) as executive producer. It was financed by film financer Investor Profit Portfolio and The Wealth Advisory.

O’Reilly co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Nevern (The Hooligan Factory) and Dan Palmer ([link
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DVD Review – Gridiron UK (2016)

Gridiron UK, 2016.

Directed by Gary Delaney

Starring Michael Dixon, Rebecca Summers, Andrew Harwood Mills, Stephen Marcus, Paul Nicholas, Dorsey Levens, Anthony Quinlan, Giles Alderson, Annie Vanders and Mem Ferda.

Synopsis:

It’s 1985… and in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, and Fish n’ Chips, one man risks everything to play American Football.

My knowledge of American Football does not extend very far. Aside from a few often confusing games of John Madden on the Sega Megadrive (Genesis to our American cousins) I’ve never really engaged with the sport. However competitive sport all boils down to the same thing really. Whether your passionate about football (soccer) or cricket or professional tiddly winks (please tell me someone, somewhere does that professionally!) the passion with which you follow said sport, or a team within that sport rings true for most fans.

Gridiron UK is based on the true story of a
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Suge Knight Loses Bid to Dismiss Murder Case

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Suge Knight Loses Bid to Dismiss Murder Case
Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight experienced a setback in his ongoing legal saga during a court hearing Tuesday, as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus rejected Knight’s motion to dismiss the murder case against him. Knight is facing murder and attempted murder charges stemming from a January hit-and-run incident in Compton, California, during which he allegedly ran over Cle Sloan and Terry Carter, killing Carter and injuring Sloan. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Knight’s attorney had contended that the case should be dismissed because Sloan failed to identify Knight as the driver of the truck during.
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Chance iN tests Ab Negative

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Chance iN tests Ab Negative
Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.

Chance iN has acquired Ab Negative for Japan from Jinga Films.

Neil Horner’s crime thriller stars Vincent Regan, Seb Castang, Robert Cavanagh and Stephen Marcus, and follows two hit men who become the subject of a sadistic game of revenge.

Jinga’s Julian Richards commented: “Ab Negative combines classic British gangster tropes with an intricate plot more typical of American crime thrillers. It may look like another Lock Stock but it has more in common with Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects.”

Ab Negative has also been picked up by Invincible Pictures for North America, who are planning a theatrical release in April 2015.
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‘The Smoke’ DVD Review

Stars: Matt Di Angelo, Lili Bordán, Stephen Marcus, Darren Ripley, Velibor Topic, Christian Brassington, Anna Passey, Jeff Leach, Lindsay Armaou, Alan Ford | Written by Darren Ripley | Directed by Ben Pickering

The modern British gangster movies are strange beasts, and I admit I do have a weakness for them. With acting that is often questionable and stories that tend to be on the sillier side of crime thrillers they have a charm that can even survive a Danny Dyer starring role (that was a joke, don’t bite my head off). The Smoke, to be fair, only takes a gentle stroll into the British gangster movie style, though it does feature some actors that you’ve seen in them before, and more bizarrely more than its fair share of soap stars too.

When city lawyer Brad Walker (Matt Di’Angelo) finds himself fired and dumped by his girlfriend it’s fair
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Peter Stormare Gets a Welcome to Purgatory

Around these parts we love us some Peter Stormare. This guy can do creepy and evil with The Best of 'em so it only makes sense that he join the ever-growing cast of the new flick from Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead) entitled Welcome to Purgatory. Read on for the latest.

Cupsogue Pictures announced today that Stormare will be playing Lucius, one of the main antagonists in the flick. He joins the previously announced Bruce Campbell, Stephen Marcus, and James Buckley for the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.

Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory but with little success.

Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray,
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Indie Spotlight

After a brief hiatus due to our live coverage of Comic-Con, we’re back with a double-sized edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Come Back to Me and I Spill Your Guts 2, release details on Schism, Silent Retreat, and the Class of Nuke ‘Em High soundtrack, and much more:

Come Back to Me Trailer: “Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart,
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Bruce Campbell Heads Into the Afterlife in Welcome to Purgatory

Last month we learned that Evil Dead 2 co-writer Scott Spiegel is producing an upcoming film called Welcome to Purgatory, and today the exciting announcement has been made that Spiegel's most badass buddy has joined the cast. Read on, fiends!

Cupsogue Pictures has revealed that both Bruce Campbell and James Buckley have joined the cast of the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.

Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Stephen Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory, but with little success.

Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook and Tory Kittles.

Tony Cook and Fallaize are producing the picture for Cupsogue Pictures, which was written by Marcus Ako & Tony Cook.
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Bruce Campbell and James Buckley set for Purgatory

Fresh from the news at this weekend’s Comic Con that Bruce Campbell may well feature in the new Evil Dead TV series, the legendary actor has also joined the cast of upcoming fantasy Welcome to Purgatory, for British director Gene Fallaize.

In addition, and in-keeping with the British touch on the movie, The Inbetweeners star James Buckley has also been announced as part of the cast, which includes Jack O’Halloran (Superman), Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Nathan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jillian Murray (Wild Things 4). The film is being produced by Cupsogue Pictures, and is being shot in the UK at Pinewood Studios.

Buckley will play “Luke”, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Stephen Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory, but with little success.

Welcome
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Bruce Campbell Says Welcome To Purgatory

Bruce Campbell Says Welcome To Purgatory
Who would you want to meet if you could find anyone you wanted after you died? Chances are a few people would say Bruce Campbell, especially since a) he’s entertaining and b) he’s got the chin to deal with anything dangerous in the afterlife. He’s now headed to limbo, signing to star alongside The InbetweenersJames Buckley in Welcome To Purgatory.Gene Fallaize is gearing up to shoot the film at Pinewood Studios in London, working from a script by Marcus Ako and Tony Cook. The story finds three new arrivals in Purgatory who must find their way around the afterlife with the help of St. Paul. Unfortunately for them, the gates separating heaven and hell have been broken, leaving the world of angels and demons in ruins. Soon, our heroes are tasked with putting things right to avert a war between God’s celestial hosts and Satan’s devilish army.
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Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

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Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory
Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.

Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell and James Buckley, best known as Jay in British comedy The Inbetweeners, have joined the cast of fantasy feature Welcome to Purgatory.

The film, from Cupsogue Pictures, also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran and Stephen Marcus, and will film at Pinewood Studios ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.

Directed by Gene Fallaize, it centres on three new arrivals to Purgatory as they navigate the Afterlife, helped by Guardian Paul. But after the gates of Heaven and Hell are broken, leaving the Afterlife in ruins, the new arrivals must put things right to avert a battle between good and evil.

Producers are Tony Cook and Gene Fallaize for Cupsogue Pictures. Writers are Marcus Ako and Tony Cook.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster for L.A. Slasher, details on Headless, casting update on Welcome to Purgatory, trailers for Truth or Dare and Red Sleep, and more:

New Poster for L.A. Slasher: “Sales agency Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen’s horror/satire feature “L.A. Slasher.” Glenn Reynolds’ Circus Road is handling domestic sales. The film stars Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (“Riddick”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the of voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”) as the ‘L.A. Slasher’.

Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (“Girls Against Boys”), “L.A. Slasher” is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the
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Scott Spiegel-Produced Welcome to Purgatory Takes You to the Afterlife with Jillian Murray

Scott Spiegel has had his hands in many different cookie jars throughout his unique career, most notably serving as the co-writer of Evil Dead 2. Up next he's putting on his producer hat and sending us all straight to Hell.

Some quick casting news has arrived for Welcome to Purgatory as Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Jillian Murray (pictured; The Graves, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook, Tory Kittles and Stephen Marcus are set to appear in the film directed by Gene Fallaize.

According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.

Check out the artwork below.

Synopsis

Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife
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Comedy on Films Boutique's Cannes slate

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Exclusive: Comedies dominate Films Boutique’s line-up of market premieres at next week’s Marché du Film in Cannes.

The Berlin-based sales outfit will be presenting three comedies among its latest pickups.

These include Serbian writer-director Darko Lungulov’s Monument To Michael Jackson. It follows his award-winning feature Here And There and was pitched at various co-production events, including Sofia Meetings and Moscow Business Square; the film was co-produced by Macedonia’s Producer on the Move, Ognen Antov of Dream Factory Macedonia;T

The other two titles are Belgian film-maker Geoffrey Enthoven’s Halfway and Pascal Rabaté’s Patchwork Family, to be released in France on July 9 by Ad Vitam Distribution, as buyers-only screenings.

Halfway is the second film by Enthoven to be handled internationally by Films Boutique after the sales company had sold Come As You Are, a drama about three disabled youngsters going to Spain to get laid, to 42 territories
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Welcome to Purgatory to Shoot This Year, Scott Spiegel Executive Produces

Scott Spiegel (Hostel III, Evil Dead II) has come aboard Cupsogue Pictures' Welcome to Purgatory as an executive producer.

Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tory Kittles and Stephen Marcus are set to star in the film for director Gene Fallaize.

Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor and Danni - as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, both pain and pleasure can be experienced, and death here may not be final, but it leads directly to the Seventh Circle of Hell, Lucifer's very own domain, and they must find a way to make things right, before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.

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Welcome to Purgatory adds Scott Spiegel

Scott Spiegel, co-writer of Evil Dead II and director of Hostel III, has been announced as the executive producer of a new movie that follows three new arrivals in purgatory:

“London, August 20th 2013 – Cupsogue Pictures are pleased to announce that Scott Spiegel, known for his roles in Hollywood as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor, has been confirmed as the executive producer for its upcoming fantasy motion picture ‘Welcome to Purgatory’.

Spiegel, who is best known for co-writing ‘Evil Dead II’ (1987) with director Sam Raimi, producing ‘Hostel’ (2005) with Eli Roth, and directing ‘Hostel: Part III’ (2011), will executive-produce the picture, which stars Nathan Jones (‘Troy’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’), Jack O’Halloran (‘Superman’, ‘King Kong’), Tory Kittles (‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘Next’) and Stephen Marcus (‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Quills’), and will be directed by British director Gene Fallaize.

Spiegel, who often works with Sam Raimi, Eli Roth and Bruce Campbell,
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Spiegel to exec produce Purgatory

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Spiegel to exec produce Purgatory
Hostel 3 director to executive produce afterlife fantasy film.

Cupsogue Pictures have announced that Scott Spiegel is to executive produce its upcoming fantasy feature Welcome to Purgatory.

Spiegel is best known for co-writing Evil Dead II (1987) with director Sam Raimi, producing Hostel (2005) with Eli Roth, and directing Hostel: Part III (2011).

Directed by Gene Fallaize, Welcome to Purgatory stars Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tory Kittles and Stephen Marcus.

The film follows three new arrivals as they navigate the Afterlife, helped by Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between good and evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken and both pain and pleasure can be experienced. While death here may not be final, it leads directly to the Seventh Circle of Hell and the group must find a way to fix things before Heaven is ruined for eternity.

Tony Cook and Gene Fallaize will produce the film for Cupsogue Pictures, which
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Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Starts This Weekend With Cumberbatch, McAvoy & Harewood On Radio 4

Thn wanted to draw your attention towards this very intriguing radio play Neverwhere, that starts this Saturday on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. It’s from the mind of Neil Gaiman and begins with an hour-long episode at 2:30pm on Saturday 16 March on Radio 4 and continues with five 30-minute instalments across the week on Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18th March.

Fantasy legend Gaiman is responsible once again all kinds of beautiful, dark and imaginative worlds so it’s easy to see why the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Okonedo and David Harewood want to be involved in this tale of London Below, an alternate reality beneath our capital city where famous landmarks take on a life of their own. But that’s not all as Bernard Cribbins and Christopher Lee have been signed up by Director Dirk Maggs, pretty impressive line-up I’m sure you’ll agree.
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