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Todd McFarlane's (Spawn comics) company McFarlane Toys has created a 10-inch Rick Grimes action figure equipped to seriously injure or hopefully kill some walkers. Also: release details for the Alleluia Blu-ray / DVD and Insidious: Chapter 3 UK Blu-ray.
The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Vigilante Edition: “A former sheriff deputy, Rick Grimes leads the group of Atlanta survivors in their desperate search for a safe haven from the constant dangers that now lurk amongst them. As the group looks to rebuild their lives, Rick initially resists his destined leadership role. But as he discovers that there is more than just the undead to worry about, Rick makes the ultimate choice to do whatever it takes to keep his family and friends alive in this less than moral post-apocalyptic world.
McFarlane Toys’ Rick Grimes Vigilante Edition deluxe figure depicts this transformation from a peacekeeping deputy to judge, jury, and executioner. This »
- Tamika Jones
Read More: Review: The Bizarro Narrative Of 'Alleluia' Works Best Late At Night Fabrice Du Welz may not be a name you instantly recognize, but based on the artistic vision and terror he conjures up in "Alleluia," it's one you ought to start getting familiar with. Inspired by the "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1970s, the fourth feature from the Belgian writer-director follows an isolated woman, Gloria (Lola Dueñas), whose severe desire for a professional hustler (Laurent Lucas) leads her to help in his vicious acts of murder. The story may sound like an urban legend you've seen before, but Du Welz's execution of the material certainly isn't. Exploring the mindset of his protagonist by visulizing her unraveling psyche in his aesthetics, Du Welz replaces cheap thrills with a more experimental and calculated sense of escalating torture. As a result, "Alleluia" seems more at home in the horror atmosphere of »
- Zack Sharf
For many people, when it comes to a film adaption of the real-life horror story of the “Lonely Hearts killers”, it doesn’t get much better than the 1969 film The Honeymoon Killers. The combination of Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco was just such a great one, that it hasn’t seemed like a modern update would be necessary. With such expectations like those, the fact that director Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, a loose adaption of both the real life crimes and The Honeymoon Killers takes those expectations and gives fans once hell of a retelling that will not be forgotten anytime soon speaks wonders.
Following Gloria (Almodovar regular, Lola Dueñas), a single mother who feels empty and alone in life, Alleluia does a great job of placing us as its audience right in the middle of a woman lost in life, completely alone and in need of something. »
- Jerry Smith
Fabrice du Welz, the Belgian filmmaker behind the captivating Calvaire and Vinyan returns this month with Alleluia. Loosely based on the exploits of the Lonely Hearts Killers, du Welz’s mystic, morbid love story is an incredible, mad portrait of devotion and murder. Shock Till You Drop presents an exclusive clip from the stunner, an intimate moment in which a…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz's sensual, brutal version of the "lonely hearts killers"—made into a 1969 film by Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers, and Arturo Ripstein's 1996 Deep Crimson—was a highlight of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, and is now getting a Us theatrical release through Music Box Films' Doppelgänger Releasing arm. Shot close in intimate 16mm, the film juggles tones deftly to capture the loneliness, desire, horror, humor, and absurdity in an amour fou between two single sociopaths who find in each other an intense, primal attraction. But both persons are so distorted, and the love between them thereby turning so distorted, that it leads not to the greatest, strangest love affair—though you could call it that, I suppose—but the most perverse: the man sets up a scheme to seduce and rob women, and his lover, quickly beset by manic jealousy, ends up killing them. »
- Daniel Kasman
We sat with Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, where his latest feature, Alleluia, played in the Vanguard line-up (it premiered earlier that year in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, where we initially caught the film). The second part of his Ardennes trilogy, which began with his excellent 2004 debut, Calvaire, du Welz sat with us to dish about his projects, including the truncated Us release of his 2008 film Vinyan, and the incredible difficulties he experienced on the set of Colt 45, another 2014 title yet to be released stateside.
Alleluia is a perverse examination of familiar material, a reimagining of the famed Honeymoon Killers we’ve seen depicted in various features from the past several decades. Reuniting Du Welz with his Calvaire star Laurent Lucas, he gets a remarkable performance from Spanish actress Lola Duenas in a film that’s fun, violent, and impressively styled. In our interview, »
- Nicholas Bell
Fabrice du Welz's Cannes selected shocker hits Us screens - both in limited theatrical release and on VOD - from Doppelganger Releasing on the 17th, and we're pleased to offer up an exclusive clip from the film here at Twitch.Based on notorious real-life "lonely hearts killers" who make victims of their romantic liaisons, Alleluia is a dark and fascinating love-story-gone-wrong from Belgian horror maverick Fabrice du Welz. Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I'm So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Michel tries to swindle what he can out of...
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In the Mood For Love: Du Welz Returns With Gloriously Dark Rendering of Insatiable Passion
His first film since 2008’s underappreciated Vinyan, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz debuts the second installment in his proposed Ardennes trilogy, Alleluia. His 2004 directorial debut, Calvaire (aka The Ordeal) depicted a rather hellacious account of a singer whose car breaks down in the middle of the woods, stranding him in the midst of a very strange and terrifying rural community. Here, Du Welz bases his latest madness on the true account of serial killing couple Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a case that famously inspired the 1969 film The Honeymoon Killers and 1996’s Deep Crimson, amongst others. But Du Welz hardly unveils a simple account of unhinged, obsessive love. His is a demonic hymnal of passion, a darkly droll exercise in the delusory notion of love as an unhealthy obsession told with aggressive flourish. But »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s been nearly seven years since Fabrice Du Welz unveiled Vinyan to mixed reception at the Venice Film Festival, but early reviews of Alléluia, which premiered as part of Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight sidebar last year, suggest it is something of a return to form. The film stars Lola Dueñas (Talk ToHer, I’m So Excited!) as Gloria, who meets […] »
- Forrest Cardamenis
With my first Siff now in the books, I can say that I’ve learned some valuable lessons. The first being what a remarkable festival and diverse program the organizers came up with for the 41st edition. From the venues to the volunteers, everything was top notch. Like most festivals, it was a bit front-loaded with premieres, but there were also notable premieres later in the program, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her on the closing weekend. From top to bottom, this was a great line-up with very few thin spots.
The other major lesson I learned is that it’s impossible to adequately cover a film festival in the city in which you live. Family, friends, and full-time jobs don’t simply disappear just because you want to have some fun. I come away feeling disappointed that time constraints kept me from seeing a lot of great films, as »
- J.R. Kinnard
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival. Back in 2011, The Playlist ran a Halloween-inspired feature on must-see foreign language horror films. This writer fought hard for the inclusion of “Calvaire (The Ordeal)” from burgeoning Belgian genre filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz. The film achieved a very specific kind of notoriety in being lumped in with the New French Extremity, a term coined by Artforum critic James Quandt. He used the name as a pejorative to describe what appeared to be a new wave of highly transgressive works by French directors — Gaspar Noé, Alexandre Aja, and Catherine Breillat, to name only a few — starting in the late '90s and bleeding profusely into the aughts. Despite not being French, Du Welz made the team, so to speak, and “Calvaire” officially put the then 31-year-old stalwart genre aficionado on the map for fans of a certain kind of upsetting and, »
- Erik McClanahan
Belgian director Fabrice du Welz delivered one of the most acclaimed films of 2014 with his Alleluia - a selection of the Cannes Film Festival and multiple award winner at Fantastic Fest - and Us audiences eager to check it out for themselves don't ahve long to wait with Doppelganger releasing announcing that they'll be launching the film on a limited theatrical run and across VOD platforms on July 17th.Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I'm So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Michel tries...
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Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire, Vinyan) returns with his best work yet: Alleluia. Loosely based on the Lonely Hearts Killers, this warped, horror romance is a mad depiction of psychotic and psychosexual devotion. It is one of the summer’s must-sees. Out July 17th in NY & La, as well as on VOD and iTunes from Music Box’s…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Read More: Music Box Acquires Belgian Online Dating Horror Flick 'Alleluia' The "lonely hearts killer" is a staple of urban legends and horror stories, but what happens when the intended victim is so in love with the killer that she joins in on the crimes? That's precisely the question Belgian director Fabrice du Welz ("Calvaire," "Vinyan") attempts to answer with his new film, "Alleluia." In the above trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, the origins of the dark, obsessive love affair between a killer and his almost-victim are explored. The film was a popular entry on last year's festival circuit. In addition to screening as an official selection in the Director's Fortnight at 2014 Cannes Film Festival, "Alleluia" also played the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress at Fantastic Fest 2014. Laurent Lucas ("With a Friend Like Harry," "Calvaire") and Lola »
- Becca Nadler
Worldwide sales will launch in Cannes through eOne Features and eOne will directly distribute the film in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand.
“Life on the Road” will be directed, written by and star Gervais. It will be centered on a documentary crew catching up with Gervais’ David Brent character – former star of the series “The Office” and now working as a travelling salesman — as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U.K .tour with his band “Foregone Conclusion”.
- Dave McNary
The international jury comprised Alex Ross Perry, Katrine Wiedemann and Gabe Klinger. They said they were “pleased to discover a deeply personal, relevant and contemporary new voice in Danish independent cinema with ‘The Elite’ by Thomas Daneskov, a disturbing and hilarious portrait of privileged youth made in a spirit of collectivity.”
Daneskov, 26, wins €10,000 ($10,800) towards his next film.
Interview: Thomas Daneskov, The Elite
The Politiken Audience Award went to Dagur Kari’s Virgin Mountain, the second Icelandic film in a row to claim the honour (after Of Horses And Men). The film is a tender portrait of a 43-year-old man who lives with is mother but wants »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the promotion of Theresa Roberts to senior vice president of publicity – production, international & UK film.
The new role will see Roberts extend her publicity expertise into the company’s growing film production business, whilst still overseeing UK publicity activities.
The new role will see Roberts drive and oversee strategic global publicity campaigns across the slate from production through to distribution, working closely with film publicity teams across all eOne territories.
Roberts has headed up film publicity for eOne in the UK since 2008 and during that time has overseen the publicity campaigns for films including The Twlight Saga and Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club.
Prior to that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Following his confirmation of Jack Huston as the title character in "The Crow" reboot, the comic's creator James O'Barr has also confirmed that "Downton Abbey" actress Jessica Brown Findlay has scored the female lead role.
Findlay will play Eric Draven's murdered girlfriend Shelly in flashbacks in the project which Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") will direct. O'Barr confirms that much of the cast will be British with one of them to be a "Game of Thrones" veteran. [Source: Dread Central]
Natalie Martinez ("Secrets And Lies") has joined the cast of Fabrice Du Welz's revenge thriller "Message From The King". Chadwick Boseman plays a South African who descends into the L.A. underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister's death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he's been sold.
Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Secrets And Lies star Natalie Martinez rounds out the cast of Message From The King, a revenge thriller from director Fabrice Du Welz. Chadwick Boseman stars as Jacob, a South African who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister’s death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he’s been sold. Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who he recruits to help find the… »
With cameras about to start cranking, the indie revenge thriller Message From The King is adding to its cast. End Of Watch’s Natalie Martinez is aboard to join the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer. Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz is calling the shots from Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher’s script. The plot follows a man named Jacob King (Boseman), who touches down in Los Angeles from South Africa in search of his younger sister. He has only a few hundred dollars to his name and a plane ticket that means he must return home a week, but is devastated to learn that his sister has died. Burning with the need for vengeance, he tracks down the people responsible across the next six days.Martinez, who has also been seen in the likes of Broken City and Death Race, is on to play Trish, a »
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