10 items from 2016
Sorry, Barbie — American Girl just stole the headlines from you.
Amazon announced on Monday that it has inked a multi-year deal with the Mattel brand to produce four live-action specials, with the option to develop a series based on the popular collectibles.
Two specials will revolve around characters from American Girl’s BeForever historically inspired franchise, with a third to feature characters from the contemporary Girl of the Year line.
The first special is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, UK, Germany and Austria later this year. »
With February being a short month, genre fans only have a handful of horror and sci-fi arriving on VOD to look forward to over the next few weeks. One of my own most anticipated movies for 2016, the horror anthology Southbound, makes its VOD debut on February 9th, courtesy of The Orchard. For those of curious about two of the more buzzed-about remakes in some time – Martyrs and Cabin Fever – both films arrive on VOD on February 2nd and February 12th respectively.
All Hallows' Eve 2 (Rlj Entertainment) – February 2nd
Alone on Halloween, a young woman finds a mysterious VHS tape on her doorstep—a tape that shows a series of gruesome and ghastly tales that appear to be all too real. But these terrifying glimpses of damned souls are not the only horrors that stalk her. »
- Heather Wixson
Tagline: "Where the Path to Heaven Meets the Road to Hell." *full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Dark Sky Films. **spoilers: it is recommended that you see this film before reading this review. Director/writer: Drew Hall. Cast: Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Grubbs and Chelsea Bruland. Convergence is a supernatural thriller and horror title from director Drew Hall. The film takes place in a couple of spheres, thanks partially to Dante's Purgatorio. The removal of sins has been replaced by the protagonist's search for the truth. Act III makes this readily apparent as Ben (Clayne Crawford) comes to terms with his murderer. While trying to avoid spoilers, this review will also look as some of the films indie influences and positive film elements. Convergence is a great mystery, whose secret should be unwrapped by film fans. Convergence offers a compelling story. It »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
A blood-soaked trailer has released for Drew Hall's Convergence. This horror thriller, from Dark Sky Films, will shock audiences on February 5th, via home entertainment formats. And, the film stars Clayne Crawford, Ethan Embry and Mykelti Williamson. The full trailer for the film is available here. The clip shows a detective in a strange hospital. After a catastrophe, Ben (Crawford) searches the hospital for clues to what has happened to him. But, no one has any answers. The hospital staff is malicious and Ben must find a way out of this hostile and austere setting. This reviewer has previewed Convergence, via an online screener. The film hosts an assortment of strange characters and an almost empty building. Here, Ben questions his past and where he is. A review for the film is coming soon. For now, fans of mystery can view all of the available details on Convergence, here. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
The chances that Woody Allen‘s new Amazon series will include twerking just got a lot higher.
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Details about the 1960s-set series are being kept under wraps, but Allen will write and direct all six half-hour episodes. Elaine May — who appeared in Allen’s 2000 film Small Time Crooks — will co-star.
Written and illustrated by some of comics' best, Independence Day #3 will be available courtesy of Titan Comics on April 13th. Also: Convergence release information, Telluride Horror Show's call for submissions, a Director's Cut trailer, details on the Life Tracker Blu-ray / DVD, and a look at the covers for Killbox.
Independence Day #3: "Written by Victor Gischler (Batman, Deadpool) with art by Steve Scott (Batman, Wolverine). Cover A features art by Staz Johnson (Wolverine, New X-Men) and Cover B is by Edgar Salazar (Justice League, Red Sonja).
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Steve Scott
Cover A: Staz Johnson - Previews Code FEB161803
Cover B: Edgar Salazar - Previews Code FEB161804
Publisher: Titan Comics
Page Count: 32 Pp
Onsale Date: April 13th, 2016
Tensions arise aboard the sub as specimens are shipped back for study. Meanwhile, Adams and co. get to grips with their extraterrestrial armaments and discover the real motivation behind the alien crash. »
- Tamika Jones
RelatedSundance’s Rectify to End After Season 4
Ordered straight to series in December, the currently untitled drama stars Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) as a lawyer on a quest for redemption, in what is described as a 21st Century David vs. Goliath battle fought in the American legal system. William Hurt (Humans) also stars.
Details on Crawford’s role are under wraps, though his story arc is said to be pivotal. »
Season 4 of “Rectify” will mark the end of the show’s run on SundanceTV, and Clayne Crawford hopes that his character will go out with a bang. “Teddy has had such a rough go at it, you know?” Crawford told TheWrap. “I would like there to be something redeeming for Teddy. Maybe for him to kill Tawney, and then him end up in prison. Why not, you know? It would be exciting!” The actor, a nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards, was recently cast in David E. Kelly’s new drama “Trial” for Amazon. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Daniel Holden’s story will come to an end next fall.
SundanceTV announced Friday that the upcoming fourth season of its drama Rectify will be the show’s last.
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The series — which stars Aden Young as Daniel, who must put his life back together after DNA evidence calls his 19-year conviction into question — was nominated for three 2016 Critics Choice Awards (for Young, supporting actor Clayne Crawford and Best Drama Series) and won a Peabody Award in 2015.
“Rectify is in many ways an existential »
SundanceTV’s breakout hit “Rectify” will end after its fourth season premieres this fall, it was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association.
The series is created and written by Ray McKinnon, who exec produces along with Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson. It centers on Aden Young’s Daniel Holden, a man recently released from death row after serving 19 years for the rape and murder of his high-school girlfriend. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Bruce McKinnon and Jake Austin Walker play extended members of his family who are finding ways to relate to him after his newly found freedom sends him back to their small Georgia town. Luke Kirby plays Daniel’s lawyer, Jon Stern.
While never a ratings hit for SundanceTV, “Rectify” has been a critical darling for the cabler and helped it to be known along with big sister AMC as a place for quality content. »
- Whitney Friedlander
10 items from 2016
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