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Stare at the magnificent poster, and then read the official announcement of what the greatest film festival in the world is up to at the end of September.
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 otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League.
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- Jeff Bayer
HBO's critically acclaimed series Six Feet Under began with the unexpected death of Nathaniel Fisher (Richard Jenkins) and ended with the death of the rest of his family. Aug. 21 marks 10 years since the quirky Alan Ball story about family and their owned-and-operated funeral home closed up shop, but the show's final montage depicting how every remaining member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on still ranks among TV's best series finales. The idea of flashing forward to depict how each member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on seemed revolutionary in
- Megan Vick
It's easy to imagine that, 15 years from now, television audiences will take for granted the existence of groundbreaking series like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent. But it's impossible to look at the currently lush television landscape without acknowledging the debt that most popular shows owe to HBO at the turn of the new millennium.
While network television continued raking in the advertising dollars with surefire bets and lowest-common denominators, the premium cable channel was kickstarting its own quiet revolution, finding success in a variety of genres from pop-cultural »
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 signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.
Jackie Kennedy was seated next to her husband when he was killed in a motorcade, dressed in a pink Chanel suit. After the president’s death, she refused to remove her blood-stained clothing and was wearing the suit while standing next to Johnson when he took the oath of office as President.
“Lbj” is produced by Acacia Entertainment, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Kim Allen (Army Wives, The Carrie Diaries) has signed on to portray Jackie Kennedy, the beloved first lady, in Rob Reiner’s upcoming feature Lbj. Woody Harrelson is portraying Lyndon Baines Johnson. Also in the cast are Bill Pullman and Richard Jenkins who both play politicians. Allen is a relative newcomer but won kudos for her lead role in Curfew which won the Oscar in 2013 for Best Short Film. The script for Lbj, written by Joey Hartstone, was a 2014 Black… »
Anthony Michael Hall ("The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher") has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod's provocative, satirical comedy "War Machine" at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book "The Operators" by Michael Hastings.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious »
- Garth Franklin
Matt LeBlanc says when both he and former high school buddy Louis C.K. were vying for lead comedy actor last year as Jim Parsons’ name was announced at the Emmy ceremony, they looked at each other and mouthed, “You suck!”
Perhaps this year, both C.K. and LeBlanc’s chances have increased since the incumbent is out of play.
“Not me. That’s the name that will be called,” says LeBlanc with a good-natured laugh. “I focus on my work and I’m proud of my show and the writers getting nominated, but it gets a little surreal every year getting nominated. We only have one more season, so maybe the last time’s the charm.”
Whoever takes the lead comedy actor trophy this year will be a first-time winner in the category since four-time winner Parsons was not nominated. So it could finally be the year for C.K. »
- Susan Young
If the best of television holds up a mirror to society, warts and all, then this year’s Emmy noms definitely embraced the darker side of human nature — at least in the lead actor categories. For every nice guy (think Richard Jenkins’ conflict-hating husband in HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”) there were several deeply flawed antiheroes, ranging from the ruthless, Machiavellian Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards”) to the matricidal psychopath Peter Snowden (David Oyelowo in HBO’s “Nightingale”).
On the surface, Snowden couldn’t seem further from the actor’s heralded portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” and yet Oyelowo sees parallels. “Both are extremely complex characters, and that’s what makes them interesting to watch and certainly interesting to play,” he explains.
For Oyelowo, characters that are easily categorized as “the good guy” are less easy for audiences to relate to, “because you may be ‘good’ outwardly, »
- Jenelle Riley
The first annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival in South Florida kicks off on October 1st. Also: an excerpt from Ted Kosmatka's The Flicker Men and details on memorabilia auction from TNT's Falling Skies.
Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2015: Press Release: "Miami, Fl – Horror fans will soon rejoice as South Florida’s first and only genre film festival, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival, launches October 1-4, 2015 at the O Cinema Wynwood, premiering four acclaimed and highly anticipated international films, and an additional six shorts.
“We’re thrilled to present such an array of cool, twisted, beautiful, mind-bending, horrifying, and hilarious films for our inaugural genre festival,” said Co-Founders and Co-Directors Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman. “We scoured the globe for the freshest and craziest films to present for our community of film lovers, and this first incredible selection of films just gives a small taste of the fun that will »
- Tamika Jones
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
Rlj Entertainment Inc. has acquired the North American (Us and Canadian) rights for S. Craig Zahler's upcoming western Bone Tomahawk. The film stars Kurt Russell along with Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (Lost), Lili Simmons (Banshee), and Richard Jenkins (Cabin in the Woods).When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy.Rlj Entertainment Inc. will release the film under new theatrical banner Rlj Entertainment. They almost always give their acquisitions home theatre and digital platform releases as well. "We are proud to be...
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Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (Lost), Lili Simmons (True Detective), and Richard Jenkins (Cabin in the Woods). It follows an outlaw who unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic Troglodytes into the peaceful western town of Bright Hope. When the monsters kidnap several settlers, including a rancher’s wife, a small rescue party journeys into hell to try and rescue them. They soon find themselves in dark unknown territories where savage inbreeds armed with the ultimate weapon leave no hope of survival.
Guys, how awesome does that sound?
Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today that the company has pi [Continued ...] »
S Craig Zahler wrote and directed Bone Tomahawk, about a posse of gunslingers who attempt to save kidnapped settlers from cannibals.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We recently shared the news that Bone Tomahawk would be the closing night film at Fantastic Fest, with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance. Typically festival films will get picked up closer to or following their screening, but we have news that Rlj Entertainment has already scooped up North American distribution rights to this horror western:
Press Release - Los Angeles, August 4, 2015 – Rlj Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all U.S. & Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western Bone Tomahawk. Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”), Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”), Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge). Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today. Bone Tomahawk marks the first title acquired under the Rlj Entertainment brand. Rlj Entertainment, Inc. previously »
- Jonathan James
Rlj Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Western “Bone Tomahawk,” starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and Richard Jenkins. Chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward announced the deal on Tuesday, but did not reveal a release date. It’s the first title acquired under the Rlj Entertainment brand, which previously released theatrical titles under Image Entertainment before Rlje purchased the company in 2012. The Western-horror written and directed by S. Craig Zahler follows an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), on the trail of cannibal savages who have kidnapped settlers »
- Greg Gilman
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
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