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‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending

‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending
Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed crime thriller “Jackie Brown,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Christmas Day, was the filmmaker’s valentine to stars Pam Grier and Robert Forster.

Grier came to fame as the groundbreaking female action superstar of such Blaxploitation films as 1973’s “Coffy” and 1974’s “Foxy Brown.” Though Grier continued working in film and television, she hadn’t had a meaty leading film role since the demise of the genre.

Forster, who starred in such classics as Haskell Wexler’s 1969’s “Medium Cool,” was primarily doing “B” films and didn’t even have a manager or an agent when “Jackie Brown” came along.

Both veteran actors found their careers revitalized by the film. Grier earned a Golden Globe nomination for “Jackie Brown” and since has appeared in such TV series as Showtime’s acclaimed “The L Word” and films including “Larry Crowne,” and published her autobiography. Forster received a supporting actor nom as bail bondsman
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‘House by the Lake’ Review

Stars: James Callis, Anne Dudek, Amiah Miller, Natasha Bassett, Michael Bowen | Written by Josh Burnell | Directed by Adam Gierasch

Despite his output being less than prolific, I’ve been a huge fan of director Adam Gierasch for years – ever since I saw Autopsy and his stellar remake of Night of the Demons (one of the “good” remakes, even though the original is a stone-cold classic). House by the Lake is only his third feature since those films, though he was a part of the portmanteau Tales of Halloween in 2015. Surprisingly, unlike the rest of his oeuvre this film is the first Gierasch has directed that he hasn’t written – and it shows. House by the Lake is unlike any of his other films; feeling very much like a low-budget family drama instead of the usual balls to the wall horror Gierasch is associated with.

Scott and Karen pack up their
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Watch an Eerie Nighttime Awakening in our Exclusive Clip from House By The Lake

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In a scene that may remind you of Poltergeist, a young girl awakens in the middle of the night to stare at the TV screen before taking an unsettling stroll through the home in our exclusive clip from House by the Lake, coming soon to VOD platforms and DVD.

You can watch our exclusive clip below, and keep an eye out for House by the Lake on VOD platforms (including iTunes) and DVD beginning October 10th:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA-- Random Media turns a picturesque retreat into a destination of terror in House by the Lake.  Starring James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica", the Bridget Jones series), Anne Dudek ("Covert Affairs", "Big Love") and Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes, Lights Out) as a family on the edge, House by the Lake will debut nationwide on Cable VOD, Digital HD and DVD on October 10th.

House by the Lake
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Horror Highlights: UK Poster for Better Watch Out, Home Media Release Details for Red Christmas and House By The Lake

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The holidays take a grisly turn in the upcoming horror comedy Better Watch Out, and the new UK poster for the film displays a deadly twist on holiday decorating. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have home media release details for another holiday horror film, Red Christmas (starring Dee Wallace), as well as the new thriller House by the Lake, featuring a creepy character known as the Fish Man.

Better Watch Out UK Poster: Universal Pictures will release Better Watch Out in the UK on December 8th, and Well Go USA will release Better Watch Out in Us theaters and on VOD beginning October 6th. In case you missed it, read our own Heather Wixson's Fantasia review of the film, as well as her interview with filmmaker Chris Peckover.

"The sadistic horror comedy begins on a quiet suburban street during the holiday season, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old
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Adam Gierasch takes us to the ‘House By The Lake’

Random Media turns a picturesque retreat into a destination of terror in House By The Lake, the latest film from veteran genre scribe Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons, Tales of Halloween, Fractured, Autopsy), with a script by newcomer Josh Burnell.

A struggling couple, Scott and Karen, pack up their troubled young daughter and head to a picturesque lake house to reconnect and put their problems behind them. As Emma spends time with her new nanny, the little girl begins fixating on an imaginary friend she calls the Fish Man. Karen’s fear of the strange man down the beach, Emma’s fear of the water and her recurring sleepwalking continue to raise tensions in the house and drive a wedge between Scott and Karen until one night Emma disappears. When she’s found breathing underwater in the tub, Emma insists she’s been with the Fish Man. And he’s coming back for her.
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‘Red Roses of Passion’ Ltd. Edition Blu-ray Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Laurene Clair, Judson Todd, Carol Holleck, Helena Clayton, Frank Spencer, Johnny Kuhl, Bella Donna, Laura London, Patricia McNair, June Roberts | Written and Directed by Joe Sarno

Carla (Laurene Clair) is an attractive thirty-something who lives with her overbearing and sexually repressed aunt Julie (Bella Donna) and her cousin Tracey (Laura London). Julie is single and Tracey is in a relationship with a square of a boyfriend. Carla likes to have fun and wants to meet the right man, but Julie always seems to be in the way and constantly scares off the flavour of the month. On the recommendation from saucy coworker Enid (Carol Holleck), Carla turns to the cold, yet beautiful fortune teller Martha (Helena Clayton) for help. For lack of a better word, Martha leads an all-female cult. Utilising Tarot cards and performing ceremonies with wine and roses – the group worship Pan and hold regular meetings. Although
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‘A Touch of Genie’ Blu-ray Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Chris Jordan, Douglas Stone, Tina Russell, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Ultramax, Herding Harrison, Levi Richards, Eric Edwards | Written and Directed by Joseph W. Sarno

Melvin (Douglas Stone) has decided to drop out of his education as an accountant and run himself an antiques store. Frustrated with where his life is headed and becoming ever increasingly sick of his overbearing and judgemental mother (Ultramax) his only escape are his dreams of becoming an author and heading down to his favourite movie theatre whenever he can to catch the latest skin flicks – in silly disguise of course! Here he develops an infatuation with the beautiful Tina Russel and just wishes that he could get the opportunity to satisfy her sexually. Just as this dreamer is giving up, he finds himself in possession of a mysterious lamp and after giving it a good rub, a beautiful Genie (Chris Jordan) appears granting him five wishes.
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The Player

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail,
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Castle season 8 episode 15 review: Fidelis Ad Mortem

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Castle and Beckett's relationship remaining a secret is a stretch too far in the latest episode of Castle...

This review contains spoilers.

8.15 Fidelis Ad Mortem

The term “deconstruction” tends to be one that confuses a lot of people and with good reason. If you look at the word itself, you might think, as most people do, that it means to pull something apart piece by piece—to analyse it, really.

When theorists use the term, however, they are talking about something else. When they throw it out there, they aren’t really talking about what the reader or viewer is doing when they look at a text, but what the text does to itself. Jacques Derrida, who coined the term, spent forty years of his life trying to define it, so it’s complex, but Richard Rorty sums it up nicely when he said, that it is
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Castle Recap: How to Get Away With Quantico-Like Murder

Castle Recap: How to Get Away With Quantico-Like Murder
This week on ABC’s Castle, Beckett returned to her old stomping grounds when a police academy recruit officer was found murdered under suspicious circumstances.

RelatedCould Castle Solve ABC’s Tuesday Problem? And More TV Qs!

As entertaining as it was to see Beckett and the boys back in the police academy hallways, where Kate’s name is apparently on half the plaques and trophies (and evokes great reverence from recruits), that A-story was offset by the maddening unfolding of what is now the Rick’s Missing Time/LokSat Hybrid Mystery. I mean, a couple of things ate at me here,
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Gotham Season 2 Episode 14 Review ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’

Martin Carr reviews the fourteenth episode of Gotham season 2…

David Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne might look like a preppy who needs to get on the Mars Bar diet, but don’t let that cover fool you. Because this week he gets to exhibit his kick ass colours facing off against Matches Malone. A somewhat less monstrous version of a cold-blooded killer thanks to Michael Bowen’s layered performance. Who gives Malone the humanity and regret which strips away the animal to show a man beneath.

In more ways than one Wayne’s expectations are his undoing which temporarily throws him off guard. Mazouz handles this delicate dialogue scene with skill holding his own against the seasoned veteran, who is holding all the aces dialogue wise. In many ways Bowen’s generosity here verges on the paternal, which is at once disturbing yet highly engaging from an audience perspective.

For the
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Gotham season 2 episode 14 review: This Ball Of Mud And Meanness

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Lori Petty makes a wonderful guest appearance in this week’s dialogue-heavy delight from Gotham season 2…

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2.14 This Ball Of Mud And Meanness

Holy cupcake fight club, Batman! This week’s Gotham episode was quite possibly its best episode yet, due to the fact that it finally addressed the ‘who killed the Waynes?’ mystery head on. After two years of waiting, David Mazouz has finally got to portray Bruce Wayne with a real human dilemma – what to do now that he’s found the killer.

This Ball Of Mud And Meanness' centrepiece was the dialogue-focused showdown between Bruce and Matches Malone (impressive guest star Michael Bowen). In this scene, Mazouz delivered a nuanced and troubled performance which should serve to banish any lingering doubts that he isn’t perfect for the role of young Bruce Wayne.

This scene pried right into the character, asking
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Promo for Gotham season 2 episode 14 – ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’

Fox has released a promo for Monday’s upcoming fourteenth episode of Gotham season two, ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’; check it out here…

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Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, James Frain as Theo Galavan, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean

Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone (guest star Michael Bowen). Meanwhile, Gordon follows up
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"Gotham" - A 'Strange' Teaser

Take a look @ "A (Hugo) 'Strange' Teaser from the upcoming "Gotham" episode "This Ball of Mud and Meanness", airing March 14, 2016 on Fox:

"...'Alfred' and 'Selina' help 'Bruce' on his quest to find his parents’ killer, named 'Matches Malone' (Michael Bowen).

"Then Gordon follows up with 'Edward Nygma' on the whereabouts of 'Kristen Kringle'...

"...while 'Hugo Strange' (Bd Wong) continues his treatment to reduce the anger of the psychotic 'Penguin'..."

Guest cast also includes Carol Kane as 'Gertrud', Stink Fisher as 'Helzinger', Ian Quinlan as 'Strike Force Pinkney'...

...Tonya Pinkins as 'Ms. Ethel Peabody', Jamar Greene as 'Cupcake' and Lori Petty as 'Jeri.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gotham: A Strange Teaser...
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New Promo For Gotham Season 2 Episode 14: "This Ball Of Mud And Meanness"

Bruce Wayne Confronts A Monster On An All-new “Gotham” Monday, March 14, On Fox Michael Bowen (“Breaking Bad”) and Lori Petty (“Orange Is The New Black”) Guest-Star Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone (guest star Michael Bowen). Meanwhile, Gordon follows up with Edward Nygma on Kristen Kringle’s whereabouts and Hugo Strange (guest star Bd Wong) continues his treatment to reduce Penguin’s aggression in the all-new “Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness” episode of Gotham airing Monday, March 14 (8:00-9:01 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. The stakes are higher than ever as Gotham explores the origin stories of some of the most ambitious and depraved Super Villains, including The Riddler, The Joker and Mr. Freeze, and Bruce Wayne uncovers more secrets from his father’s past. Gotham features: Ben McKenzie as James Gordon Donal Logue as
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Photos of a New Joker-Type Character Coming to Gotham

There’s a new episode of Gotham coming up called “This Ball of Mud and Meanness.” We have some photos from the episode that feature another Joker-inspired character, and this one is a woman. As you will see, she shares several similarities with the Crown Prince of Crime.The photos also include Bruce Wayne confronting Matches Malone.

Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone (guest star Michael Bowen). Meanwhile, Gordon follows up with Edward Nygma on Kristen Kringle’s whereabouts and Hugo Strange (guest star Bd Wong) continues his treatment to reduce Penguin’s aggression.

"Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness" is set to air on Monday, March 14th on Fox.
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"Gotham: This Ball Of Mud and Meanness" - New Images

Take a look @ new images from the surreal "Gotham" episode "This Ball of Mud and Meanness", airing March 14, 2016 on Fox:

"...'Alfred' and 'Selina' help 'Bruce' on his quest to find his parents’ killer, named 'Matches Malone' (Michael Bowen).

"Then Gordon follows up with 'Edward Nygma' on the whereabouts of 'Kristen Kringle'...

"...while 'Hugo Strange' (Bd Wong) continues his treatment to reduce the anger of the psychotic 'Penguin'..."

Guest cast also includes Carol Kane as 'Gertrud', Stink Fisher as 'Helzinger', Ian Quinlan as 'Strike Force Pinkney'...

...Tonya Pinkins as 'Ms. Ethel Peabody', Jamar Greene as 'Cupcake' and Lori Petty as 'Jeri.

Click the images to enlarge...
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Gotham's David Mazouz: Confronting 'M. Malone' Has Repercussions (Video)

Gotham's David Mazouz: Confronting 'M. Malone' Has Repercussions (Video)
Having been reluctantly spirited out of town after that rigamarole with Theo Galavan and the batty Order of St. Dumas, Gotham‘s young Bruce Wayne will resume the search for his parents’ killer this Monday.

RelatedGotham Cast Talks Cool New Criminal, Penguin’s Strange Dilemma

In the Season 2 episode “A Dead Man Feels No Cold,” Alfred (played by Sean Pertwee) reveals some crucial information to Bruce about his parents’ murderer, who thus far has only been identified, by a distraught Silver St. Cloud, as “M. Malone.” In the exclusive sneak peek above, Alfred apparently arrives with the intel just in time,
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Lori Petty is very Joker-esque in promo images for Gotham season 2 episode 14 – ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’

Fox has released a batch of new images from the fourteenth episode of Gotham season two, ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’, which features guest star Lori Petty (Tank Girl) as a very Joker-esque character…

Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, James Frain as Theo Galavan, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean

Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone (guest star Michael Bowen). Meanwhile, Gordon follows up with Edward Nygma on
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Lori Petty Is A Proto-Joker On "Gotham"

Fox has released a bunch of new still photos from the upcoming "Gotham" episode "This Ball of Mud and Meanness" which airs March 14th. The shots finally give us a look at guest star Lori Petty sporting her look as a kind of proto-Joker.

This isn't the first time the series has teased a precursor to The Joker, Cameron Monaghan starred as a cackling potential version in four episodes of the series before his sudden apparent demise. This episode sees Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents' killer Matches Malone (Michael Bowen), while Hugo Strange (Wong) continues his treatment to reduce Penguin's aggression.
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