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Coming out on Digital and VOD today from Dark Sky Films is Applesauce, the new movie from Onur Tukel (Summer of Blood, House of Pancakes). For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with the writer/director/star to discuss grounding his noir nightmare in reality, working with Dylan Baker, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Onur. How and when did you come up with the story for Applesauce?
Onur Tukel: In 2014, I decided to make a few genre films. They're more profitable and it's easier to find an audience. Plus, I happen to love trash, so it wasn't hard to convince myself. So I made a vampire film called Summer of Blood. A company bought it and said they'd give me money for another genre movie. So I got to work on Applesauce in the summer of 2014. The catalyst »
- Derek Anderson
Onur Tukel is easily one of the most unique filmmakers working today. His style, the way he approaches various topics (genre or not) and turns them on their head, he has such a talent for giving film lovers something different. Whether it’s 2014’s S.O.B. (Summer Of Blood) and its taking on the vampire subgenre and injecting a dose of reality into it, or this year’s Applesauce (arriving on VOD on November 24th via Dark Sky Films), Tukel is a fresh voice in filmmaking, and his style and approach is something to witness. With Applesauce, Tukel tells the story of two couples who are all affected by Tukel’s Ron character deciding to call into a radio show and admit to the worst thing he has done, an admission that leads to getting severed body parts delivered to him, his relationship crumbling and all hell breaking loose. »
- Jerry Smith
Seeking out substantial leading characters of complexity within independent dramas in recent years, Richard Gere has delivered accomplished performances in Arbitrage and Time Out of Mind. He’s now found another with The Benefactor (formerly known as Franny), the directorial debut of Andrew Renzi, which follows Gere as the title character, a profoundly rich philanthropist who enjoys helping out those close to him while he struggles with his own demons of addiction. Also starring Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Cheryl Hines, and Dylan Baker, the first trailer has now landed today ahead of a January release.
We said in our review, “Gorgeously shot on 35mm film by Joe Anderson (who has worked on Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Martha Marcy May Marlene), there’s a richness to the cinematography that, along with the central performance, hearkens back to a character study from a few decades prior. For a feature debut, »
- Leonard Pearce
A clip from Micheal Bafaro's Wrecker reminds us that road rage can be deadly. Also in this round-up: a new trailer for the film Applesauce and a call for entries to the Silver Scream Fest, featuring the 35th anniversary screening of An American Werewolf in London.
Wrecker: "Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Distributed by XLrator Media, Wrecker hits theaters, VOD, and iTunes on November 6th.
- Tamika Jones
It’s no secret that we at Icons of Fright absolutely love director Onur Tukel’s films, especially last year’s S.O.B. (Summer Of Blood) and the forthcoming Applesauce (review). Tukel has a real talent for making films that have razor sharp dialogue and are as sarcastically dry as a desert, just the type of horror/comedy hybrids that I love to check out. Thanks to the gang at Dark Sky sending it our way, there’s now a brand new trailer for Applesauce, which hits VOD/Digital Est on November 24th. Check it out!
The film, which stars writer/director Tukel, also features great performances from co-stars Max Casella (Doogie Howser M.D., Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Jasmine), Trieste Kelly Dunn (Banshee, United 93), Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 and 3, Secretariat, Happiness), Jennifer Prediger (Apartment Troubles, A Teacher) and Karl Jacob (Pollywogs, The Dictator).
Every Tuesday night, radio »
- Jerry Smith
Read More: Tribeca Review: New York Comedy is Rarely More Scathing Than Onur Tukel's 'Applesauce' A married man is severely tested after a string of twisted, mysterious and frightening events in rising filmmaker Onur Tukel's latest dark comedy. "Applesauce." The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and co-stars Max Casella, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Dylan Baker, Jennifer Prediger and Karl Jacob. The official film synopsis reads: "Every Tuesday night, radio talk show host Stevie Bricks invites his listeners to call in and share 'the worst thing they've ever done.' Tonight, Ron Welz (Tukel) is ready to share his story. But soon after he confesses on the air, someone starts sending him severed body parts. Ron becomes paranoid, terrified. His life begins to unravel. His marriage begins to fall apart. He has no idea who's tormenting him. Is it his insolent high school student? Is it his best friend? »
- Sonya Saepoff
Born just days before Halloween, filmmaker Michael Dougherty has always had an affinity for the spooky holiday. After breaking into the business by co-writing X2: X-Men United, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Superman Returns with Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty set out on his own to make his directorial debut with the horror anthology Trick 'r Treat, long before the format was back en vogue. Despite getting rave reviews from the festival circuit in 2007 and 2008, Warner Bros. decided to forgo a theatrical release, instead debuting it on DVD back in 2009. It became an immediate cult classic, with some starting annual traditions of watching Trick 'r Treat every year on October 31.
Trick 'r Treat tells four separate stories, all set on Halloween night in the same town, as it's revealed how each of these completely different characters' stories are connected to one another. Lurking in the shadows for each of these tales is Sam, »
There is, as we all know, no “best” of anything, but if these lists are to have a purpose, it should be to introduce readers to a broader variety of films rather than echo the opinions of others. So let’s assume you’ve seen those films and move on, okay?
A good horror movie doesn’t want to reassure the viewer but sneak up on them unawares and scare the bejesus out of them, to unsettle them by giving some kind of insight into the things that lurk in the darkness. One of the most unsettling moments of the last 20 years occurs not in a horror film but in Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), when kindly »
- Ian Watson
The dream came true on October 28th, 2013 at Los Angeles’s Egyptian Theater, where the 2013 Beyond Fest was being held. Trick ‘r Treat (2007) was appropriately closing out the evening, but the viewing began with a Q&A session including director Michael Dougherty, producer Bryan Singer, actors Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Quinn Lord, Jean-Luc Bilodeau and host Seth Green. While a reunion between these actors and filmmakers was special, the real magic came when Sam, the famous character/holiday mascot from Dougherty’s film, came on stage delivering a message for Dougherty to make a sequel, which was echoed by Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull. An already raucous crowd amplified their applause when a banner for Trick ‘r Treat 2 appeared on the screen behind the panel.
A Trick ‘r Treat sequel hasn’t been the only project on Dougherty’s mind since that night. His new film Krampus, another holiday-themed horror »
- William Penix
War of the Planet of the Apes
Judy Greer is set to return as Cornelia, the chimpanzee wife of apes leader Caesar, in 20th Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes". Karin Konoval is also returning as Maurice, the orangutan with a gentle soul.
Production began last week with Matt Reeves directing and Andy Serkis returning as Caesar. "Archer" regular Greer is coming off a summer in which she appeared in four major films - "Jurassic World," "Ant-Man," "Tomorrowland" and "Entourage". [Source: Heat Vision]
Like A Virgin
The story follows the character of Mary, who is visited by the Angel Gabriel while off her head following a night out. Gabriel tells her that she has been chosen by God to give birth to the next Messiah. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” has added a slew of guest stars to the cast of the one-hour pilot.
“The Good Wife’s” recurring player Dylan Baker has been cast as Johnny Carson. Baker’s work on the CBS legal drama, playing Colin Sweeney, earned him three Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Also cast in guest roles are Robert Forster, who will guest star as Guy Appuzo, the father of Clay (played by Sebastian Stan); Cathy Moriarty, who will play Clay’s mother, Angie Appuzo; Alfred Molina who will play Carl, a mediocre talent manager whose client is Adam (played by Rj Cyler); Al Madrigal, who will play Edgar Martinez, a loose cannon comedian who lives in his own world and loves to party; and Jon Daly, who’s been cast as Arnie, a struggling comic who does a bit of everything at the club. »
- Margaret Lenker
Showtime’s comedy pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” has added Robert Forster, Cathy Moriarty, Alfred Molina, Al Madrigal, Dylan Baker and Jon Daly to the cast. The series about the stand up comedy scene of the 1970s is executive produced by Jim Carrey. If the pilot is picked up to series, Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly would have recurring roles. The actors join the previously cast Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan, Clark Duke, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino. Also Read: Fall TV Preview: 126 New and Returning Shows Premiere Dates Baker will play Johnny Carson on the show, »
- Linda Ge
Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Spider-Man 2 & 3), Al Madrigal (About A Boy, The Daily Show), Jon Daly (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kroll Show), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) are set as guest stars for Showtime's dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly will recur if the pilot goes to series. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I'm Dyi… »
When Sean Connery stepped down from the role of 007 after 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” he said he would “never again” play James Bond. Well, he hasn’t played the spy in a canon Bond film since “Diamonds,” but he did return to the role for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which was released in theaters 32 years ago today. The film is not considered part of the canon of the Bond franchise since it wasn’t made by Eon Productions. It was released a mere four months after the canon film “Octopussy," starring Roger Moore — a situation that the media dubbed the “Battle of the Bonds.” Other notable October 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: “The Frank Sinatra Show” premiered on CBS. The musical variety show lasted two seasons. • 1955: Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time, at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. • 1960: Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” opened in theaters. »
- Emily Rome
Vivian Eng, the woman whom “Spider-Man 2” actor Dylan Baker attempted to rescue from their burning high-rise apartment building in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, has died from her injuries. She was 51. Eng was a dancer in a number of Broadway and other stage ensembles, including “The King & I,” “Precious,” “Away We Go,” and “Barney Live! New York City.” Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” as well as a recurring role on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” had attempted to rescue his neighbor Eng from a fire that broke out in her apartment on Tuesday. »
- Debbie Emery
The Good Wife actor Dylan Baker played an off-screen superhero on Tuesday. The 55-year-old helped save his elderly neighbor after a fire broke out in their high-rise Manhattan apartment complex. Baker says the burning apartment was right next door to his own home on the 33rd floor of the building. "We had just returned home," he told New York City's ABC 7. "All of a sudden the alarm went off in the hall and I went out and there was smoke." He continues, "So I went to her door and pounded on it and called her name. I opened the door and there were flames in the kitchen and the living room and smoke everywhere. I couldn't go in." Baker had to leave to ensure »
Dylan Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” and work on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” attempted to rescue his elderly neighbor from a fire that had broken out in her apartment. According to NBC New York, Baker was returning to his home on the 33rd floor of a high-rise in Hell’s Kitchen just before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, when he noticed flames coming from his neighbor’s apartment. “When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire,” he said. “It was terrifying.” Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Mike Colter, 'Anchorman 2 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The end of days is nigh in the new trailer for Fire City: End of Days, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Also: new programming announcements from the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, release details for Aquarius Season 1 and zombie web comic When It's Over.
Fire City: End of Days: Press Release: "Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (Saga: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star. »
- Tamika Jones
Cobie Smulders took the expression, "break a leg," a little too literally! E! News confirms that the How I Met Your Mother alum has broken her leg and needed to pull out of HBO's highly anticipated Anita Hill movie. Starring Kerry Washington, Grace Gummer and Dylan Baker, Confirmation will have to find a new actress to replace Smulders. She was set to begin filming either this week or last. The biopic follows the story of Hill, the attorney who sued Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment in 1991. Hill was one of Thomas' aides at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Upon suing him she was called upon to testify against him during the »
Ouch! Cobie Smulders won’t be calling Kerry Washington a costar after all. The How I Met Your Mother actress has to be recast in HBO’s upcoming Anita Hill flick, Confirmation, after she unfortuately broke her leg, an insider confirms to Us Weekly. Photos: Celebrity injuries Smulders was set to appear in the movie alongside the Scandal star and Grace Gummer, Dylan Baker, and Peter McRobbie, but can no longer take on her role due to her injury. According to the insider, the Avengers star was supposed to start [...] »
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