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Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Leads Off Fall Specialty Film Season

17 September 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios, which is releasing about a film a month, led the fall season specialized release barrage with Mike White college comedy “Brad’s Status,” starring Ben Stiller. Annapurna’s second release scored $25,000 per theater in two cities for a credible start.

“Brad’s Status” was one of four Toronto International Film Festival 2017 titles released while the festival is wrapping up (compared to only one last year). The others include Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” (Paramount), which flopped in wide release with $7.5 million and a rare F Cinemascore (they poll mass-audience theaters and the scores don’t reflect all reactions). Frederick Wiseman’s library documentary “Ex Libris” (Zipporah) got a decent result in its exclusive New York run, and Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” debuted on Netflix along with a smattering of theatrical dates (grosses hidden per usual).

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Brad’s Status (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Toronto 2017

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Exclusive Unleashed Clip: I Will Come To You

22 August 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Pets? Men? Who can tell the difference? The success of a silly premise always depends on the ability of the performers to commit to said premise with a serious conviction. In the case of Unleashed, the deadpan humor looks like it's delivered perfectly by Kate Micucci, Justin Chatwin, Sean Astin and Steve Howey. Micucci has shown her range of comic talents in The Little Hours and Don't Think Twice while Chatwin and Howey are familiar (to me, at least) from TV's Shameless, and Sean Astin, is, well Sean Astin, whose performances I always enjoy. Here's the synopsis: Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets, an adorable cat and an...

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August 2017 Film Preview

1 August 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Glass Castle

With summer drawing to a close, August brings a bevy of films by and about women that engage with quirky themes and unique perspectives. The month kicks off with “Step,” Amanda Lipitz’ documentary about a girls’ step dance team based in Baltimore. In particular, “Step” follows a group of high school seniors as they prepare to graduate and become the first in their families to head to college.

In the second week of August, we’ll see a pair of films centered on women recreating their lives. “The Glass Castle,” the film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir, follows a young woman’s struggle to break free of her dysfunctional parents. The dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” sees a mentally unstable Aubrey Plaza travel to Los Angeles determined to build a friendship with an Instagram influencer.

August 18 brings the release of “Patti Cake$,” focused on New Jersey girl with dreams of being a hip-hop performer, and the U.S. opening of the highly-anticipated documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a portrait of the late singer Whitney Houston. Also being released are a pair of women-written horror films: “The Ice Cream Truck,” in which a woman moves to a suburban neighborhood plagued by a murderous ice cream truck driver, and “The Monster Project,” about a group of filmmakers who accidentally summon other-worldly beings.

At the end of the month, Eliza Hittman’s Sundance darling “Beach Rats” arrives, a film woven from themes like teenage rebellion, sex, and love. The long-gestating “Tulip Fever” will also open. The period romance stars Alicia Vikander as an unhappily married woman who falls for the artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in August. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz

Step

Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school step team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls — it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Fun Mom Dinner” — Directed by Alethea Jones; Written by Julie Yaeger Rudd (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Fun Mom Dinner

Four moms (Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, and Molly Shannon), whose only connection is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men.

Kidnap

Kidnap

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for the police, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son.

“This Time Tomorrow” — Written and Directed by Lina Rodriguez (One Week Only in NY)

“This Time Tomorrow”

“This Time Tomorrow,” a quietly wrenching family drama set in Bogotá, is about 17-year-old Adelaida (Laura Osma), a gorgeous, rebellious force of nature, and her loving parents, Lena (Maruia Shelton) and Francisco (Francisco Zaldua), with whom she lives. One day, unexpected tragedy strikes and the family must confront their biggest struggle yet.

August 9

“After Love” — Co-Written by Fanny Burdino and Mazarine Pingeot (Opens in NY)

“After Love”

Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo) have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up — and now the apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare.

August 11

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, and tight-knit family, “The Glass Castle” is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar-winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to La and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #Bff to #Wtf. “Ingrid Goes West” is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan (Opens in Limited Release)

“Whose Streets?”: Autumn Lin

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation”: Warner Bros.

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, who soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Planetarium” — Co-Written and Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

Planetarium

Sisters with the ability to communicate telepathically with ghosts (played by Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) meet an influential film producer (Emmanuel Salinger) after traveling to France for a performance.

In This Corner of the World” — Co-Written by Chie Uratani (Opens in Limited Release)

In This Corner of the World

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, 18-year-old girl Suzu (voiced by Rena Nounen) gets married and has to find a way to feed her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life’s amenities, Suzu must force herself to maintain the will to live.

“Once Upon a Time”

“Once Upon a Time”

Based on the best-selling fantasy novel “Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms,” “Once Upon a Time” is a story of epic battles, deep passion, and the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty, and eternal love. Bai Qian (Yifei Liu), a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua (Yang Yang), with whom she falls in love and marries. When an old enemy reappears in her life, everything Bai Qian holds dear is threatened.

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. “Marjorie Prime” shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality, and forces us to ask, “If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?”

“What Happened to Monday” — Co-Written by Kerry Williamson (Available on Netflix)

“What Happened to Monday”

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic “One Child Policy,” seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe), who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home…

Lemon” — Co-Written and Directed by Janicza Bravo (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Lemon

Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman) has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10 years plans to leave him; and his own family singles him out as a constant disappointment at their latest reunion. Even as he takes a chance on a new romance, Isaac struggles to define his place in a world that has seemingly turned against him.

Logan Lucky” — Written by Rebecca Blunt

Logan Lucky

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Whitney: Can I Be Me” (Documentary) (U.S. Release) (Available on Showtime August 25)

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, but after a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggling with addiction, she died suddenly and tragically at age 48. With never-before-seen footage, candid interviews, and gripping performance highlights of many of Houston’s greatest hits, “Whitney: Can I Be Me” will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston, exploring the impact her life and death had on the people around her and the world of music.

The Ice Cream Truck” — Written and Directed by Megan Freels Johnston (Also Available on VOD)

The Ice Cream Truck

Mary’s husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary (Deanna Russo) moves into their new house all alone and… waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors and Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways than she ever imagined.

The Monster Project” — Co-Written by Shariya Lynn

A man joins a documentary film crew to interview real-life monsters, but when the group underestimates the powers they’ve summoned, they must find a way to escape the evil they’ve unleashed.

August 25

Beach Rats” — Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman

Beach Rats

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

In 17th century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) — an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

“Polina” — Written and Co-Directed by Valerie Muller

“Polina”

Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski (Aleksey Guskov), Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Juliette Binoche). Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can’t seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work — and a new life.

Unleashed” (Also Available on VOD)

Unleashed

Emma (Kate Micucci), a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men (played by Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, and Sean Astin), forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.

Polaroid” — Written by Blair Butler

High school loner Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

“Leap!” — Co-Written by Carol Noble (U.S. Release)

“Leap!”

Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner (Elle Fanning) is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she “borrows” a spoiled brat’s identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), Félicie learns that talent is not enough — it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s creative, exhausting, and charismatic best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan) also has a dream: to become a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

August 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Trailer for Pet Transformation Comedy 'Unleashed' with Kate Micucci

28 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Love is a four-legged word. Level 33 Entertainment has debuted a new official trailer for the indie comedy titled Unleashed, written and directed by Finn Taylor. Yet another pet transformation movie, instead of a person turning into an animal, this time it's two animals turning into two people - two perfect guys. Kate Micucci stars as a woman who moves to San Francisco with her two pets after a break up, and learns about herself when they become these guys. Also starring Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Sean Astin, Illeana Douglas, Hana Mae Lee, and Josh Brener. This definitely looks very cheesy and almost way too quirky, but I like that the guys still act like her cat and dog, that makes it a bit more interesting. Have a look below. Here's the new official trailer (+ poster) for Finn Taylor's Unleashed, direct from YouTube: When a cosmic event turns Emma's (Kate Micucci) beloved pets, »

- Alex Billington

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12 Actors Who Shouldn’t Play Aladdin – and Why (Photos)

11 July 2017 6:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney has been having a hard time finding someone to play Aladdin. We’re going to help them out and narrow down the search, but letting them know who not to cast. You know, just in case they get any ideas. Jake Gyllenhaal He’s a white dude. Joseph Fiennes He couldn’t even pass as Michael JacksonChristian Bale Moses wasn’t a white guy and neither is Aladdin — so yeah. Benedict Cumberbatch Remember when this white dude played Khan Noonien Singh in “Star Trek Into Darkness”? Russell Crowe This white dude played Noah. I think that’s enough appropriation for a lifetime. »

- Rasha Ali

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The Elderly Attack in Level 33 Entertainment’s Official Trailer for Granny Of The Dead

30 June 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They may be known for giving their family unconditional love, chewy chocolate chip cookies, and priceless advice from their years of experience on this Earth, but grandma and grandpa have something else in store for loved ones in Granny of the Dead, a new zombie horror comedy that comes out this July from Level 33 Entertainment.

Press Release: Los Angeles (CA) – Level 33 Entertainment announced today the official release of award-winning horror film Granny Of The Dead in the United States and Canada.  The film starsMarcus Carroll (Monstrum), Abigail Hamilton (The Hatching, Let’s Be Frank), Oliver Ferriman(“Torchwood”), William Huw (Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon), and Sabrina Dickens (Is This Now, Cruel Summer). Granny Of The Dead hits select theaters and all On Demand platforms including Amazon, Dish, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, Verizon Fios and Vudu beginning on July 14, 2017.

Granny Of The Dead was written, directed and produced by multiple festival award »

- Derek Anderson

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William Baker Joins Production Payroll Specialist GreenSlate (Exclusive)

12 June 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Entertainment industry production payroll specialist GreenSlate has hired production veteran William Baker as its VP of sales and new business development, Variety has learned exclusively.

Monday’s announcement comes a week after the company, which had been Indiepay, rebranded itself as GreenSlate and unveiled enhanced payroll and accounting software through all-digital employee start-work capabilities, digital/mobile timecards, online purchase order management, and prepaid cards to replace petty cash.

Baker is working out of the Los Angeles office. He worked in the industry since 2001 and produced, line produced and supervised 15 feature films and more than 60 commercials and formed William Baker Films in 2012.

He produced police thriller “Legacy,” starring Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare; co-produced “My Friend Dahmer,” starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche; supervised “Criminal Activities” with John Travolta and Dan Stevens; and exec produced  “Puff Puff Pass,” starring Danny Masterson and Mekhi Phifer. Notable clients include Nissan USA, Sony Entertainment, »

- Dave McNary

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Movie Review – Unleashed (2016)

1 May 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Unleashed, 2016.

Written and Directed by Finn Taylor.

Starring Kate Micucci, Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Illeana Douglas, Hana Mae Lee, and Sean Astin.

Synopsis:

When a cosmic event turns Emma’s dog and cat into two perfect guys, Emma reconsiders her outlook on dating, hilariously works out her trust issues, and ultimately learns to love herself.

The plot of Finn Taylor’s Unleashed doesn’t take much to explain. A cat and a dog become men one night and try to re-enter their owner’s life as humans. Far from the target audience for this picture, I’m not a pet owner and have cared for betta fish, but a standard recitation of plot doesn’t serve to expound this movie enough.

Unleashed is an actor’s playground and it’s the cast’s commitment to staying in character that takes this picture further than feel good lite cinema. Shameless co-stars, »

- Rachel Bellwoar

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Independent Movie Distributors Blue Fox, Level 33 Merging (Exclusive)

28 March 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent movie sales-distribution companies Blue Fox Entertainment and Level 33 Entertainment have merged operations, Variety has learned exclusively.

The new company will operate under the brand Blue Fox Entertainment and will release content across all platforms in North America through Level 33’s distribution infrastructure. The new company plans to distribute 20 theatrical titles a year and will also develop “higher profile” projects.

Level 33 will continue to manage films from its existing library. Blue Fox will also handle sales and direct distribution in specific international territories.

“Technology is only making the world smaller as a greater variety of content is being made available globally almost instantaneously,” said Level 33 CEO Andreas Olavarria. “We are excited to partner with the respected Blue Fox team in providing an exceptional worldwide distribution solution to quality content.”

Blue Fox was launched in 2015 by Todd Slater and James Huntsman and has sold over 30 titles since including “Big Bear, »

- Dave McNary

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Movie Review – Chips (2017)

24 March 2017 3:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chips, 2017.

Written and Directed by Dax Shepard.

Starring Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Jessica McNamee, Kristen Bell, Ryan Hansen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Maya Rudolph, Ben Falcone, Justin Chatwin, Rosa Salazar, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Jane Kaczmarek.

Synopsis:

A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.

Chips opens with a message explaining to viewers that the actual California Highway Patrol is not associated with this reboot of the semi-popular television series (it ran throughout the 70s and 80s), and to be honest, why would they want to? This comedy is straight-up lowest common denominator trash that is agonizing torture to sit through for 100 minutes. Dax Shepard is responsible for producing, writing, directing, and starring (as Jon Baker) in this new take on the property, »

- Robert Kojder

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‘The Scent of Rain & Lightning’ Exclusive Clip: A Terrifying Serial Killer Returns in Midwest Drama — Watch

21 March 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Blake Robbins’ new film “The Scent of Rain & Lightning” tells the story of one girl’s search for answers and what grief and revenge can do to a tightly knit midwestern community.

Read More: ‘Bokeh’ Exclusive Clip: Maika Monroe Faces the End of the World in Sci-Fi Drama — Watch

Based on the best-selling novel, the film follows a young woman (Maika Monroe) as she learns her parents’ killer has been released from jail. When rumblings in her small Oklahoma town suggest he may be innocent, she questions everything from the police investigation to the witnesses, uncovering her own family secrets to piece together the shocking truth.

Alongside Monroe, the film features Maggie Grace (“Lost”), Mark Webber (“Green Room,” “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”), Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Will Patton (“The Good Wife”) and Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”).

“The Scent of Rain & Lightning” makes its world premiere at the upcoming Atlanta Film Festival. »

- Allison Picurro

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Big screen reboot of Chips gets a new red band trailer

2 March 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we brought you two character posters for Chips featuring Dax Shepard and Michael Pena [check them out here], and now with just three weeks to go until the release of the big screen reboot, Warner Bros. has debuted a new red band trailer. Watch it below after the official synopsis…

Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp.

The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they »

- Amie Cranswick

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New Red Band Trailer for 'Chips' with Michael Pena & Dax Shepard

2 March 2017 10:31 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I'm a tough motorcycle cop. I've got no emotion." Warner Bros has debuted a new red band trailer for the Chips movie, a big screen version of the goofy TV show about California Highway Patrolmen. This comedy is yet another update on barely-remembered, totally cheesy TV shows, like 21 Jump Street, now packed with self-awareness and contemporary humor. Dax Shepard directs himself in the film, co-starring Michael Pena, plus Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Justin Chatwin and Kristen Bell. The first trailer made this look like they're borrowing from Super Troopers. This new trailer makes it look like they're borrowing from Point Break. Either way, this really doesn't look good at all. Here's the newest red band trailer (+ poster) for Dax Shepard's Chips movie, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Chips here, to see even more footage from this movie. Jon Baker »

- Alex Billington

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11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K.

28 February 2017 6:19 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K. Simmons’ ‘All Nighter’“All Nighter

The 11th edition of Tampa’s most prominent film event, Suncoast Credit Union’s Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff), will take place March 2-March 9, 2017 at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor. Gavin Wiesen’s “All Nighter,” starring Academy Award-winner J. K. Simmons will have its World Premiere as part of the festival.

A total of 35 films and over 70 shorts will screen over eight days and will include international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films from around the world. In addition to the film program, Giff will also feature master classes and panel discussions.

The title sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union, has been committed to the festival for three consecutive years with the goal of bringing quality entertainment and enrichment to the community. The Suncoast Credit Union also sponsors the Family Fun »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Baker and Ponch gets two Chips character posters

23 February 2017 1:51 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has released two character posters the upcoming big screen reboot of the classic 70s police drama Chips featuring Dax Shepard’s Baker and Michael Pena’s Ponch; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Chips here

Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp.

The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Lineup for the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival

22 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) announced its official selection for the annual event held at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor in Tampa, Florida, from March 2-March 9.

The festival will host the world premiere for All Nighter starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and directed by Gavin Wiesen.

There will be 35 films and over 70 shorts, in which it will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world.

Here are the highlighted line up of the films:

Opening Night Film:

Burn Your Maps: A nine-year-old boy, grieving with his parents over the recent loss of his baby sister, becomes obsessed with the idea that he’s a Mongolian goat herder who belongs back home in his small village in Mongolia. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Virginia Madsen, Suraj Sharma. Directed by Jordan Roberts

Closing Night Film:

Unleashed: When »

- Gig Patta

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Japan’s Wowow Nabs Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks,’ Two Other Series From CBS

13 February 2017 2:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Lynch’s rebooted “Twin Peaks” will be broadcast in Japan by leading premium pay-tv broadcaster Wowow, part of a three-series, first-broadcast licensing agreement between Wowow and CBS Studios International, announced Monday.

The deal also sees Wowow taking the top new U.S. drama “Bull” and acclaimed murder-mystery series “American Gothic.” All three shows will be aired on the Japanese’s broadcaster’s Prime Channel, which is already home to other Showtime and CBS hits including “The Affair,” “Zoo” and “Elementary.”

It marks a coming home for “Twin Peaks” in Japan. The cult show formed part of Wowow’s original lineup when it launched in 1991.

“For the millions of Wowow subscribers who have been watching the company’s programming since its launch 25 years ago, the new ‘Twin Peaks’ will reignite great memories of the original series that helped audiences identify Wowow as a destination for the highest-quality entertainment, due to its tremendous popularity,” said »

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Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

10 February 2017 7:16 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, or Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be coming out on Blu-ray / DVD beginning February 21st! Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes look at the special, and an interview with Peter Capaldi, who is heading into his final season as the Doctor.

Press Release: Catch up on the Doctor’s latest adventure with Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio on Blu-ray and DVD February 21, 2017, with newly announced bonus content.

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio

DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada) / Bd $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)

Approx. 60 mins + bonus content / single disc

In Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, join the Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by, and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, »

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'1 Night': Film Review

7 February 2017 10:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Can time travel repair a marriage on the rocks? That's the question that opens 1 Night, a relationship drama whose take on temporal manipulation won't be recognized by many viewers as either science fiction or reality-based therapeutic role playing. The writing/directing debut of Minhal Baig enlists experienced actors but has little idea what to do with them, making a hash of its intended meditation on the compromises required by long-term relationships. Commercial prospects are dim.

Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin play Liz and Drew, who evidently have booked a night at a hotel in order to pretend they're strangers, rediscovering »

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Is Exiting the Tardis!!

30 January 2017 2:42 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Peter Capaldi is taking his last ride on the Tardis during Doctor Who Season 10.

Steven Moffat previously announced he will be stepping down and making way for incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Now we know Capaldi will also be making way for the 13th incarnation of Doctor Who.

Capaldi shared his news on BBC radio.

"One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best," he said.

"From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead."

"I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic."

Capaldi last appeared as The Doctor on Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 1, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio," co-starring his new companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie) who joined The Doctor after the death of Clara.

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