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Fantastic Fest is one hell of a film festival. Each year, the lineups are impressive and entertaining, the events are fun, and there’s just something wild and unpredictable about the Austin, TX-based Fest. Making sure that this year’s upcoming Ff (running from September 24 – October 1, 2015) isn’t going to disappoint whatsoever, the lineup and a small tease of some of the events have been announced, and whether it’s the appearance of Kurt Russell, Nicolas Winding Refn signing his hardcover book full of his exploitation movie posters, or a very impressive first wave of film programming, this year is going to be one for the books, and you can count on Icons of Fright being there, bringing you coverage of the whole festival!
One of the many highlights of today’s announcement is what was said to be “a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker »
- Jerry Smith
Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film. The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location. Highlights include the world premiere of Kurt Russell-starrer "Bone Tomahawk"; a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema; and a programming series from "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will be supporting his new book "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." There are a few films that are crossing over with other major film fest lineups, like one-take flick "Victoria" which took home awards from Berlinale International. The initial film lineup for Fantastic Fest 2015 is below it's new poster, »
- Katie Hasty
The day has come. The reminder that Autumn is nearing and the best genre film festival in the Magnited States of America is nigh! We got the poster and the first wave of films listed below. Nicolas Winding Refn comes back and curates some obscure films and motherfuckin’ Kurt F’n Russell is coming with his new film, Bone Tomahawk! Read below and prepare for our coverage of this year’s Fantastic Fest!!!!
From the Press Release:
Austin, TX – Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Ifans joins the ensemble to play Officer Hector DeJean, a charming agent who works for Chief Steven Frost (Jenkins). The 10-part contemporary spy series will follow case officers at the CIA foreign station in Berlin trying to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower.
“Rhys is an international star whose ability to play a wide range of characters has placed him in the rarefied group of actors who travel seamlessly between feature films and premium television,” said Mark S. Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix, in a statement.
Jenkins joined the cast earlier this month. Production on the series is scheduled to begin this fall, with the show premiering on Epix in the fall »
- Reece Ristau
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
Alamo Drafthouse debuted the first wave of its programming line-up for the 11th annual Fantastic Fest on Wednesday, with the world premiere of “Bone Tomahawk” starring Kurt Russell set for closing night. The horror-Western, directed by S. Craig Zahler and starring Russell along with Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and Richard Jenkins, follows a group of men who set out to rescue a local woman and a young deputy who’ve been kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes. “Bringing Kurt Russell back to the Alamo is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. »
- Reid Nakamura
Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set to star opposite Richard Jenkins in Berlin Station, Epix’s first original scripted drama. The 10-episode contemporary spy series, from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, follows Daniel Meyer, a newly anointed case officer who has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower. Guided by jaded veteran, Case Officer Hector DeJean (Ifans) — a darkly… »
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Andrew Howard ("Bates Motel") and Constance Zimmer ("House of Cards") have joined the cast of the third season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Howard will play Banks, an authoritative and intimidating agent. Zimmer will play the season's main villain, the head of a mysterious new government agancy that will compete head-to-head with Coulson and his team in the search for inhuman. [Source: Deadline]
Brittany Snow is closing her deal to reprise her role of Chloe in "Pitch Perfect 3" for Universal Pictures and Gold Circle. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have already closed deals to return, with Kay Canon on board to pen the script. [Source: Variety]
Rhys Ifans ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is set to star opposite Richard Jenkins in the ten-episode contemporary spy series "Berlin Station" for Epix. Michaël Roskam is executive producing and will direct the first two episodes this Fall.
The story follows Daniel Meyer, »
- Garth Franklin
Each year, a lot of filmmakers make a lot of movies. Some of them are noteworthy, some become celebrated award-winners, while a rare one or two enter into the annals of history – taking place alongside great works by artists such as Alan J. Pakula. Part of the fun is predicting which film – if any – will fall into the latter category, and this year, all eyes are on Spotlight.
It’s not an outlandish idea to compare the upcoming drama to Pakula’s legendary All The President’s Men, since the subject matter shares the theme of presenting a fictionalized account of some of the most important and remarkable journalism of the 20th century. Where Pakula’s Oscar winner focused on The Washington Post’s work on the Watergate scandal, Spotlight depicts the work of The Boston Globe in uncovering the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal of 2001.
In a further connection, »
- Sarah Myles
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
“Dark Was The Night received an overwhelming response at ScreamFest and the Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival Sidebar Scary Movies Series and is now in theaters across the country and available Day and Date on VOD, and Digital platforms including ITunes and Amazon instant video.
Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Lukas Haas (Inception) star as local policemen who go to battle against an ancient evil. The script, from Tyler Hisel, appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced scripts, a rarity for the monster genre, under the title The Trees. Rounding out the cast are Bianca Kajlich (Undateable), Sabina Gadecki (the Entourage movie), Heath Freeman (Skateland), Steve Agee (@midnight) and Nick Damici (Late Phases).
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Exclusive: Bill Pullman has signed on to play Sen. Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner’s Lbj, joining Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins in the pic about Lbj’s ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. The script by Joey Hartstone centers on the political upheaval Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) faced when he was thrust into the presidency after JFK’s… »
He’s been busy recently reprising his most famous onscreen political role as (now former) President Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence. But Bill Pullman is taking a job on Rob Reiner’s Lbj that should see him debating civil rights, not fighting aliens. Woody Harrelson is playing Lyndon Baines Johnson in the film, which follows the man's rise from the South to the White House, and the political turmoil he faced when the assassination of John F. Kennedy suddenly catapulted then Vice President Johnson in to the Oval Office’s big chair. Facing battles on either side of the spectrum, he attempted to heal the nation and secure his legacy by finally passing his predecessor’s Civil Rights Act.Pullman will be Senator Ralph Yarborough, a famously progressive Democrat from Johnson’s Texan home state who, despite their shared history, often found himself at odds with the man who would be president. »
Bill Pullman has signed on to play Senator Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner's "Lbj" alongside Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins. The film deals with Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) and his ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.
Yarborough was a famed progressive Democrat from Texas who was often at odds with the President despite their common roots. The pair were in the car together in Dallas when JFK was killed. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. [Source: Deadline]
Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers ("Grave Encounters," "Extraterrestrial"), will direct the horror-thriller "Temple" from a script by Simon Barrett ("The Guest," "You're Next"). Shooting takes place next year.
A book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released as a tie-in. The book will »
- Garth Franklin
Something goes bump in the shadows of the small-town setting of Dark Was the Night, the new horror film from Jack Heller (Enter Nowhere) that stars Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas. With Dark Was the Night now in theaters and on VOD from Image Entertainment, we caught up via Q&A with director Heller, who discussed blending creature-centric scares with psychological tension and much more.
Jack Heller: The script Tyler crafted laid the foundation of opportunity to explore characters dealing with both external horrors and internal ones. When I came onto the project I was excited to work with Tyler to bring these elements to the surface of the script and ultimately the film we made. »
- Derek Anderson
First up, a very happy 33rd to Elisabeth Moss, who's teaming up again with Jane Campion for a second season of Top of the Lake. More projects in the works: Pablo Larraín’s Neruda with Gael García Bernal; Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel, The Cartel; Chad Hartigan's follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, Morris From America; Richard Jenkins joins Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's Lbj; Angelina Jolie will adapt a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime and one of her co-producers will be Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture). And Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is headed to Broadway. » - David Hudson »
Given that he’s an actor who improves every film he appears in – he’s one of the charter members of Empire’s 27 Per Cent-ers’ Club – it’s always good to report when Richard Jenkins has a new job. In this case, he’s playing a powerful real-life politician in Rob Reiner’s Lbj.Woody Harrelson is playing Lyndon Baines Johnson in the film, which follows the man's rise from the South to the White House, and the political turmoil he faced when the assassination of John F. Kennedy suddenly catapulted then Vice President Johnson in to the Oval Office’s big chair. Facing battles on either side of the spectrum, he attempted to heal the nation and secure his legacy by finally passing his predecessor’s Civil Rights Act.Jenkins’ Senator Richard Russell was a connected Georgia politician who initially took Johnson under his wing when the future president »
Russell, a powerful Georgia politician, took Johnson under his wing when he was elected to the senate, but ultimately faced off against him on the issue of civil rights.
Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows Johnson’s ascension from the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington. He was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and the passage of civil rights legislation.
“Lbj” is produced by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Castle Rock Entertainment and Star Thrower Entertainment. Producers are Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Michael R. Williams, Tim White and Trevor White.
- Dave McNary
Richard Jenkins, who was just nominated for an Emmy for his role in Olive Kitteridge, has signed on to portray Senator Richard Russell in Lbj, the movie about Lbj’s ascension to become the 36th President of the United States. Rob Reiner is helming the project with Woody Harrelson portraying Lyndon Baines Johnson. Jenkins will play legendary southern senator Richard Russell, who took Johnson under his wing when he was elected to the senate but would ultimately face off… »
Johnson was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and the passage of civil rights legislation.
Russell was a powerful Georgia politician who took U.S. President Lyndon Johnson under his wing when he was elected to the senate, but ultimately faced off against him on the issue of civil rights.
Filming will begin in September in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Richard Jenkins is the kind of terrific character actor so good at embodying the Average Joe's of this world (and others) that he's never really received proper recognition. This year marked his first Emmys nod, and he's only got one Oscar nomination to speak of for other awards. That's nothing to sneeze at, but given his rise to slightly wider prominence over the last decade or so, Jenkins deserves to win something someday. Could this be his year? "Olive Kitteridge" is bound to be a major player at the Emmys, but HBO has two horses in this particular race, and both are very strong. Oyelowo is an easier sell to the Academy, too, as his role literally takes up every second of "Nightingale." A one-man show is quite the awards-bait, but Oyelowo also makes the most of his ample screen time. He's a true force, and his character is unlike anything he's done before. »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
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