18 items from 2017
Many weird-world genre bending millennial epics have already dated badly, but not Richard Kelly’s sci-fi / horror / satirical mind-trip about a guy given a glimpse of time travel in another dimension. The wit hasn’t faded and the menace hasn’t cooled, and the cast seems hipper than ever: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Drew Barrymore, Katharine Ross. Two versions, two formats, no waiting.
Blu-ray + DVD
Arrow Video USA
2001 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 113, 133 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / ( 4-Disc Limited Edition) / Available from Arrow Video 49.95
Cinematography: Steven Poster
Production Design: Alexander Hammond
Original Music: Michael Andrews
Written and Directed by Richard Kelly
When high school kids get into creative writing »
- Glenn Erickson
Starz has ramped up its promotion for American Gods with the release of a new banner, a character promo for Bruce Langley’s Technical Boy, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a huge batch of character descriptions; take a look below…
Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle)
Shadow Moon is released from prison to a life turned upside down — no wife, no job, and no bearings. He is offered a job by Mr. Wednesday as a bodyguard, and as they journey across America, Shadow finds himself questioning a world where gods exist and magic is real.
Mr. Wednesday, a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, is full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans to unite the Old Gods in a battle for power against the New Gods.
Laura Moon (Emily Browning)
Laura Moon is Shadow Moon’s ethereal wife. She dies unexpectedly just before Shadow’s release from prison. »
- Amie Cranswick
April 18th looks to be another fun day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, as we have an excellent variety of films—both old and new—coming home to Blu-ray and DVD. M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller Split makes its way to both formats on Tuesday courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Arrow Video is keeping busy with a trio of Blu-rays: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, and their four-disc set celebrating Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko.
- Heather Wixson
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.
“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »
- Graham Winfrey
On Oct. 26, 2001, Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly’s sci-fi film about a despondent teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal in his second major film role) who befriends a giant bunny named Frank (James Duval), was released in theaters. The film told a cryptic narrative of a high schooler who is sent on an existential journey after he escapes death from a falling jet engine and learns that the world has just over 28 days before it ends. In that time, Donnie fends off the torments of being a teen -- a testy older sister (Gyllenhaal’s real-life older sister, Maggie), concerned parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), overbearing teachers (Beth Grant), mild flirtations with a new female student (Jena Malone) -- while trying to figure out, in some ways, how to save the world.
“That was a movie that was more about the psychological journey of adolescence and the confusion of it all,” Gyllenhaal tells Et. And while it »
Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko, and Arrow Films is making sure that the film celebrates in style. They've teamed up with director Richard Kelly for a 4K restoration of the beloved cult movie, and following its UK theatrical release that began late last year, the 4K presentation is now coming to big screens in the Us (and on a new Blu-ray release this April). Recently, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Kelly to reflect on the making of Donnie Darko, restoring it in 4K, potentially returning to the world of Southland Tales, and the intriguing multiverse connection between his movies.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Richard. How did the restoration and the theatrical re-release of Donnie Darko come about? Did Arrow Films approach you, and was this something that you had been wanting to do anyway?
Richard Kelly: Yes, »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier, we reported Hulu has renewed The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. Creator and star Mindy Kaling recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about ending the TV series.The sitcom stars Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, an Ob/Gyn dealing with life and love in New York City. The cast also includes Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, Fortuen Feimster, and Bryan Greenberg.Read More… »
All good things must come to an end!
Exclusive: 'The Mindy Project' Showrunner on the Biggest Moment in the Show's History
The streaming service broke the news via a black-and-white video posted on Twitter, where Kaling's character reflects on her "perfect life."
Fans of the beloved show were quick to take to social media to express their disappointment.
"Whatt?! Final Season?! I thought it would go on forever?! Noooooooooooooooo," one user wrote. A similar sentiment was echoed by another fan, who exclaimed, "Nooooo!!! Please stay on the air forever."
The first five »
So far we’ve only focused on male actors when it comes to people you always recognize on film or TV but have trouble remembering their names. Today’s character actor who’s been around for what seems like forever is Beth Grant. Grant goes all the way back to 1988’s Rain Man when she appeared as the housewife in that farmhouse when Charlie knocks on her front door to watch Judge Wopner in order to prevent Ray from having a freak out session. She also played the obsessed teacher in Donnie Darko. She also played Dennis Quaid’s mom in The Rookie. All
“That Girl” Actress of the Day: Beth Grant »
- Nat Berman
Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important. Scripters Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja wrote their screenplay (a scenario that is arrestingly allusive and rigorously precise, in the manner of an exceptionally well-crafted short story) with Stanton in mind as the title character, and they embellished their handiwork with Stanton-specific biographical detail. Long-time admirers of the iconic character actor would likely embrace this indie dramedy if it were nothing more than a hand-tooled star vehicle for a living legend. But “Lucky” is something a good deal more substantial than the cinematic equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. It’s also a stealthily affecting and unpretentiously thoughtful meditation on community and mortality, and existential dread and transcendence, in the form of a richly »
- Joe Leydon
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday
afternoon.The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
1. “Song To Song”
In a major coup that »
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday afternoon.
The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
Arrow Video isn't playing any April Fools' Day joke on horror and thriller fans with their Blu-ray releases for next month, which include the respective House: Two Stories (previously scheduled for a March 21st release) and Donnie Darko box sets, Wolf Guy, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, and more.
Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several titles for April 2017. On April 18th comes The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave (Blu-ray and DVD) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Blu-ray and DVD), two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia which were previously only available in the limited edition box set entitled Killer Dames. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses.
- Derek Anderson
“See what Hollywood’s biggest stars are wearing as they head into the Independent awards show, hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney “The Mindy Project” and “Jackie” actress, Beth Grant “The Witch” director Robert Eggers with Alexandra Shaker “The Get Down” actress, Yolanda Ross “Morris From America” director Chad Hartigan “Grimm” star Bitsie Tulloch “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams “Waste Land” director Lucy Walker “Veep” star Sam Richardson Spirit Awards hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll “Carlos” star Edgar Ramirez “Pulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette Shohreh Aghdashloo »
- Rasha Ali
"I assure you, our dear Isabella is in safe hands." Momentum Pictures has debuted the first trailer for a thriller titled The Institute, co-directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky. Franco also stars in the film as one of the doctors at the "institute". Set in the 19th century, the story is about a young girl who checks into the Rosewood Institute, only to discover their methods for curing patients are totally twisted and violent. In addition to Franco, the film stars Allie Gallerani, Lori Singer, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Roberts, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Pamela Anderson, Beth Grant, and Dominic Rains. I'm intrigued to see Franco directing a 19th century thriller, but this just looks instantly forgettable. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Franco & Romanowsky's The Institute, originally from EW: In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death, voluntarily »
- Alex Billington
"This is your last, desperate chance at a happy ending." Hulu has released a new preview for the season five return of The Mindy Project.The sitcom follows the personal and professional life of Mindy Lahiri, an obstetrician working and looking for love in New York City. The cast also includes Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Adam Palley, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, and Xosha Roquemore.Read More… »
We love it when our favorite stars join forces with our most beloved TV casts. But even more intriguing than the star-studded scenes themselves are the stories behind small screen appearances by mega-celebs like Britney Spears and Madonna.
Luckily, many television stars have spilled the beans about working with extra special cast-mates and their tales confirm that, yes, Hollywood coworkers are way more interesting than yours.
The star dished on Madge’s Will & Grace cameo while discussing the series’ recently announced reboot on Jimmy Kimmel Live, revealing that the pop icon wasn’t exactly »
Pablo Larraín’s film shows why the White House wives deserve their own biopics
First Ladies On Film is a pretty small entry in the movie encyclopedia, but Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy surely shoots to the top of the heap because they are so rarely more than bit-parts in biopics of their husbands. We tend to remember the presidents and forget who played their mostly blameless wives, even though the faintly holy aura wafting around this nebulous office/non-job tends to suffuse both the casting process and the portrayals themselves. That usually means a big stage name or character player worthy of the role. Witness the women who have played Lady Bird Johnson: Felicity Huffman in Path To War (opposite Michael Gambon’s Lbj); Melissa Leo in HBO’s All The Way (Brian Cranston), and Jennifer Jason Leigh »
- John Patterson
18 items from 2017
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