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10 items from 2017


TV News Roundup: Catherine Zeta-Jones to Play Infamous Drug Kingpin in Lifetime Movie

18 May 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother,” Netflix releases the first images from its upcoming miniseries “Alias Grace,” and SiriusXM announces the latest addition to its satellite radio program. 

Casting

Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the Lifetime movie “Cocaine Godmother,” which will recount the real life of infamous drug runner Griselda Blanco. At just 17, Blanco made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport with her first husband Carlos. She soon became embroiled in the drug trade, masterminding the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as drug mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. Guillermo Navarro will direct with David McKenna writing the script. Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Joan Harrison, and Alisa Tager will executive produce.

Radio

Anne Heche will host a new SiriusXM talk show, “Love and Heche,” scheduled to air every Saturday as part of the satellite radio program’s Faction Talk channel. SiriusXM »

- Emily Mae Czachor

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SeriesFest Unveils TV Pilot Competition Selections (Exclusive)

18 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

SeriesFest has unveiled the official selections for this year's independent TV pilot competition.

The international television festival, which is held in Denver, will showcase picks by emerging and established creators and directors. A total of 26 titles across comedy, drama and unscripted entries will compete for best pilot, actor, actress, director and writer, along with an audience award and a brand-new best unscripted award.

Among the talent from this year’s pilots: Nigel Barker, Michael Buschemi, Kevin Corrigan, Kyle Dunnigan, Melonie Diaz, Nathan Fillion, Linda Hamilton, Doug Jones, Wayne Knight, Terence Nance, Julie Klausner, Deirdre O'Connell, William Sadler, Horatio Sanz, »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Film Review: ‘Infinity Baby’

12 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are filmmakers who could stand to lighten up a little, and others you wish would bulk up, their work being so insubstantial it threatens to blow away in a strong breeze. Austin-based Bob Byington has spent a decade now directing quirky indie comedies whose offbeat concepts and air of slacker snark almost invariably promise more than they end up delivering. Though not as utterly no-there-there as his last feature, “7 Chinese Brothers,” the new “Infinity Baby” (this time scripted by Onur Tukel rather than the director) follows the same pattern of starting out with a few good ideas, then ending before any of them have been properly developed, leaving both the vague satirical gist and wayward narrative dissipating before we’ve gotten a handle on either.

This absurdist doodle has some bright performance moments from name actors, as well as a few other positive attributes. But as another in-joke whose »

- Dennis Harvey

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15 Good Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix in April 2017

31 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.

Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)

I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who »

- Nathan Adams

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These SXSW 2017 Movies

18 March 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Most Beautiful Island

A short, stressful, and utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama, “Most Beautiful Island” was a worthy winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature, and might prove to be a breakthrough moment for a major new talent: Spanish actress Ana Asensio not only wrote, directed, and produced this fraught metropolitan thriller, she also appears in just about every frame.

It would be criminal to reveal too much about what happens to her character, a Manhattan immigrant who’s struggling to make a life for herself in the big city and in for the longest night of her life, but it’s thrilling to watch the anxiety of neo-realism as it slowly bleeds into something that resembles the suspense of the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut.” Creating a lucid sense of reality only so »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

8 March 2017 7:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Brace yourself. The annual multi-pronged South By Southwest Conferences and Festivals — SXSW, of course — is hitting Austin, Texas later this week for days and days of fresh film offerings (and music and interactive stuff, too, but we can only do so much here). With it comes the promise of a brand new season of festival-going, along with a slew of films to get excited about finally checking out (and, because it’s Austin, lots of tasty barbecue to enjoy).

From SXSW regulars like Bob Byington and Joe Swanberg to rising stars like Nanfu Wang and Laura Terruso to marquee names like Terrence Malick and Edgar Wright — and just about everything in between — this year’s SXSW Film Festival is offering up its most robust slate yet. We’ve picked out a baker’s dozen of worthy new features to add to your SXSW schedule.

Check out 13 new films from this »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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Film Review: ‘Stray Bullets’

10 February 2017 1:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Major allowances would normally be made for any movie made by a 16-year-old. But in the case of “Stray Bullets,” a polished first feature from teenager Jack Fessenden, fairly minor ones will suffice. Though this suspense drama about two small-town youths who run afoul of fleeing big-city criminals feels a couple story beats short of a satisfying whole, it’s admirably well-crafted within its mostly savvy limitations. The film opens Feb. 10 in 11 U.S. cities.

Fessenden is the son of actor-turned-busy indie producer and sometime writer/director Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter,” “Wendigo”), who not only plays an onscreen role here but serves as Dp. It’s also dad’s connections that doubtless coaxed a number of veteran performers he’s worked with in the past to join the project, and none of them treat this assignment as a favor-among-friends lark.

Ash (Asa Spurlock) and Connor (the junior Fessenden) are »

- Dennis Harvey

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Horror Highlights: Scooby-doo Pop! Vinyl, Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets, Black Fawn Films & Breakthrough Entertainment, Friday The 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, The Tribe

9 February 2017 7:12 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Creeper would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids! Funko presents an Emerald City Comicon Pop! vinyl figure for The Creeper from Scooby-Doo. Also: a new clip for the latest episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets release details, Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment’s renewed partnership, a complete look at Friday the 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, plus a new clip and trailer for The Tribe.

Funko’s Emerald City Comicon The Creeper Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figure: Part 1 of Funko’s Emerald City Comicon exclusives includes the Pop! vinyl figure of The Creeper from Scooby-Doo.

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New Paranormal Lockdown Episode Details: “About This Week’S Episode: Friday, February 10 at 9/8c.

Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to small-town Iowa where Malvern Manor – and its elusive entities – await. Investigator Johnny Houser claims an overwhelming rage came over him after encountering a shadow figure. »

- Tamika Jones

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Horror Highlights: Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel, Stray Bullets, Paranormal Lockdown

3 February 2017 7:15 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today’s Horror Highlights we gather around the campfire for Boom! Studios’ Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales graphic novel. We also have screening details and a trailer for Jack Fessenden’s Stray Bullets and a promo video for tonight’s episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales Graphic Novel: Press Release: “Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2, 2017) – Boom! Studios and The Jim Henson Company are proud to announce Jim Henson’S The Dark Crystal Tales, a new children’s book set for release this summer by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella). The publication is a follow-up to last fall’s best-selling Jim Henson’S Labyrinth Tales, also written and illustrated by Godbey.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales delves deep into the Skeksis-ruled land of Thra in this beautiful look at some of »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Take the 10’ Trailer: Tony Revolori’s Netflix Comedy Involves Drugs, Car Chases and Andy Samberg

7 January 2017 1:39 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What happens when two friends steal concert tickets and drugs from a dealer? Tony Revolori and Josh Peck tell us the outcome in the new trailer for their upcoming Netflix comedy, “Take the 10.”

Written and directed by Chester Tam, the movie follows Chester (Revolori) and Chris (Peck), two buddies extremely prone to antics and hijinks who get tickets to a music festival by questionable means. Naturally, everything doesn’t go according to plan and the two fight to survive this wild ride that, per the film’s synopsis, involves “drugs, sex and Andy Samberg.”

The comedy also co-stars Fred Armisen, Stella Maeve, Cleopatra Coleman and Kevin Corrigan. Check out the trailer below.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Trollhunters’ Get Mashed-Up In Inspired New Netflix Trailer — Watch

Revolori is best known for his breakout role in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He’s currently seen in “Son of Zorn” and will »

- Liz Calvario

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