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After laying dormant for over a decade, Paramount is bringing The Ring franchise back to life with the all new thriller Rings, set 13 years after the events of the original movie. When production started last March, director F. Javier Gutiérrez teased the presence of iconic villain Samara Morgan in a series of Instagram images. The sequel/reboot is set to hit theaters just in time for Halloween on October 28. Today, we have the first photos from set, which give us our a behind-the-scenes look at Samara, played by actress Bonnie Morgan.
The photos were recently posted to the Rings IMDb page, showing Samara Morgan climbing out of the iconic well. Bonnie Morgan actually served as a stunt contortionist in the 2005 sequel The Ring Two as Samara, a role which Daveigh Chase originated in The Ring. Kelly Stables portrayed Samara in The Ring Two, but it was Bonnie Morgan who »
It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.
[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]
Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
- Heather Wixson
Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.
- Sarah Myles
The Tall Man's sphere is aiming its blades at Austin, as Bad Robot's 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm will screen at South by Southwest 2016 as part of the film festival's recently revealed Midnighters lineup:
From SXSW: "Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
- Derek Anderson
SXSW announced Tuesday its Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The festival opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”
Bell stars in “Carnage Park” from Mickey Keating in which a team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert. Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar also star.
Rory Culkin stars in the world premiere of “Jack Goes Home” from Thomas Dekker. After his father is killed in a car crash, his character travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2016
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