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Zombie musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse' sells to UK (exclusive)

Fantastic Fest premiere in 2017 was followed by prize at Sitges.

Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK rights to zombie musical Anna And The Apocalypse after sealing a deal with Amp International.

The film follows a group of friends who must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion. It premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2017 and won Sitges’ Best Midnight X-Treme Feature Length Film prize.

Vertigo is plotting a wide theatrical UK release later this year to coincide with the North American release from Orion Pictures, the new Us marketing and distribution company launched by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM).

Vertigo CEO Rupert Preston said: “This is an incredibly original and entertaining film that audiences across the UK will love and devour!”

Amp International has also sold the title to Japan (Pony Canyon), German-speaking Europe and Benelux (Splendid), Middle East (Front Row), Taiwan (MovieCloud), and Latin America (MGM).

Pan-Asian TV rights have gone to Fox Asia.

The deals were negotiated
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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Victor Crowley’ Final, ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’

Smt Heads, Orion Pictures’ upcoming Anna And The Apocalypse has made the New Year ring! Coupled with Victor Crowley Final Trailer, indie horror is back and ready to put the chop down!

Dark Sky Films has brought the goods for Kane Hodder’s other Vintage Slasher hero. Check it out here:

Victor Crowley Fan-favorite Slasher Franchise Will Be Released On VOD And Digital on February 6, 2018 Dark Sky Films has announced the official release date of Victor Crowley, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. The film will be released on VOD, Digital and Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted this past August. The highly anticipated release was shown in theaters across the country in October as part of the “Victor Crowley Road Show.” Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, Victor
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Film News Roundup: Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Development (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Development (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, a Hattie McDaniel biopic is in the works, Orion buys “Anna and the Apocalypse,” “Jumanji” actress Madison Iseman gets a lead role, and Women In Film gives 16 grants.

Biopic Launched

Producers Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani have joined forces to produce a biopic about pioneering actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

Allen has obtained the film rights to author Jill Watts’ biography, “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood,” and will produce with Magnani, whose credits include “The Last Word.”

McDaniel, the daughter of freed slaves, was an acclaimed vaudeville performer and one of the first black women on radio. She was cast as the feisty Mammy in “Gone with the Wind,” for which she won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1939 — one of eight Academy Awards won by the film.

Allen is also developing the feature, “Away From The
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Orion Pictures Acquires Rights to Holiday Zombie Musical Anna And The Apocalypse, Release Planned for 2018 Holiday Season

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Since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review at Fantastic Fest, we've been excited for readers to check out the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and now horror fans are one step closer to seeing the horror comedy deck the cinematic halls, as Orion Pictures has acquired the film and is planning a holiday season release this year.

Press Release: Los Angeles – January 9, 2018 — Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Orion plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 holiday season.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and
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Zombie Musical ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Marks Orion Pictures’ First Acquisition Since Relaunch

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Zombie Musical ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Marks Orion Pictures’ First Acquisition Since Relaunch
Orion Pictures has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s zombie holiday musical “Anna and the Apocalypse,” the distribution company announced Tuesday. Orion, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a standalone theatrical marketing and distribution company, plans to release the film in the 2018 holiday season.

Anna and the Apocalypse” stars Ella Hunt, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye, along with a group of new talent: Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux and Marli Su.

The zombie
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‘Riviera’, ‘Bounty Hunters’ To Get Second Seasons At Sky

In an official press release, Sky has revealed that it has commissioned second seasons of Julia Stiles-led south of France crime series Riviera, as well as another run for Jack Whitehall’s Bounty Hunters. It also confirmed Gareth Evans’ Gangs Of London, which we reported news of yesterday and a total of 50 original series for broadcast in 2018.

24 of the 50 productions are returning shows, so says the broadcaster.

Following its phenomenal success earlier this year Sky’s best-performing original series to date, Riviera returns with Julia Stiles reprising the role of Georgina Clios for another high-octane series about the lives of the super-rich on the Côte d’Azur. Jack Whitehall’s comedy thriller Bounty Hunters is set to return for more action and adventure. And brand-new drama Gangs of London, a fresh and original gangland thriller, will take viewers on an adrenaline-fuelled journey into the hidden heart of the capital.
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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

Main image credit: Jordan Katz-Kaye

“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review Round-Up: Anna And The Apocalypse, Haunters: The Art Of The Scare, Les AFFAMÉS

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Even though Fantastic Fest 2017 was held just a few weeks ago, this writer is still playing catch up after screening nearly 20 different films during my time in Austin. On the docket for today’s review round-up is a documentary celebrating haunted attractions—Haunters: The Art of the Scare—a stunning zombie/road film from Quebec—Les Affamés—and my very favorite film from Fantastic Fest, a zombie-centric Christmas musical called Anna and the Apocalypse.

Haunters: The Art of the Scare: I’m a big fan of documentaries, and I’m a big fan of haunted attractions, which is why I think I enjoyed Haunters: The Art of the Scare, even if it does venture off-topic quite a bit. The title insinuates that filmmaker Jon Schnitzer is looking to do a deep dive into the psychology of scaring people, and just how to set up the perfect scare. And while
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Teaser Trailer & Poster for High School Zombie Comedy Holiday Musical Anna And The Apocalypse

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"What a time to be alive!" If the movie description "high school zombie comedy holiday musical" sounds like the mash-up from horror heaven, then you'll want to check out Anna and the Apocalypse. The new film recently had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, where Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson called it "simply divine & pure joy from start to finish," and you can now watch the official teaser trailer for the film that should have you tapping your toes... and looking down to make sure a zombie isn't about to bite them off.

Synopsis: "When a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen,
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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ is the Zombie High School Musical You Never Knew You Needed — Fantastic Fest Review

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ is the Zombie High School Musical You Never Knew You Needed — Fantastic Fest Review
In John McPhail’s gorehound musical “Anna and the Apocalypse,” one of the standout world premieres at this year’s Fantastic Fest, our high school heroine (Ella Hunt) sleeps through the start of a worldwide zombie attack, slips on her headphones, steps out her front door, and begins to sing. “It’s a beautiful day!” belts Anna. Behind her, one neighbor dies, another falls out of a window, and as the camera pulls back, we see her small Scottish town is on fire. Yesterday, her dad (Mark Benton), the school janitor, found out she’s skipping college for a gap year in Australia, the class bully Nick (Ben Wiggins) propositioned her in the cafeteria, and her dorky best friend John (Malcolm Cumming) nearly lost his job when he accidentally thwacked their co-worker with a bowling shoe. Today, she dances down the street, swinging on light poles like Gene Kelly, totally
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Zapped series 2 air date confirmed as new image lands

Kirsten Howard Sep 27, 2017

The James Buckley-starring fantasy comedy Zapped will be back for its second series over on Dave in October...

There's some good news for those of you who enjoyed the first three-part series of Zapped last year: it's all set to return next month.

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Billed as a sort of "Red Dwarf for the Game Of Thrones generation" - and indeed, the show is also made by Baby Cow, the company behind newer series of Red Dwarf - Zapped stars James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) as office worker Brian, who opens up a package addressed to someone in 'Munty' a fantasy world controlled by a police state, and is transported there after donning the amulet contained within. Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) and Paul Kaye (The Ghoul) star alongside him.

It's
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Anna And The Apocalypse Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

As a massive fan of happy-go-not-so-lucky genre hybrids, it should come as no shock that I abso-f$%king-lutely dig John McPhail’s Anna And The Apocalypse – his Scottish Christmas horror musical zombie invasion flick with a heart of solid gold (co-written by Ryan McHenry). High School Musical meets Footloose meets Shaun of the Dead, with all the yuletide yucks you could want. Each song so deliberate in message – warnings about social media hypnotism to escaping small-town mentalities – and each zombie interaction coated in appropriate amounts of bloodshed. Gremlins, Anna And The Apocolypse, Black Christmas – my new favorite X-Mas triple feature.

Ella Hunt stars as Anna, a high school teen who dreams of jet-setting before her university stint and the pursuit of a successful career. Father Tony (Mark Benton) disagrees with his daughter’s decision – as any protective parent would – but a freak event keeps Anna from fleeing her simple little community – the zombie apocalypse.
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Watch the trailer for festive zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse

Following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming festive zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse. Based on the BAFTA winning short Zombie Musical, the film is directed by John McPhail and stars Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye; check it out below…

Anna’s (Ella Hunt) life is dominated by the typical concerns of her youthful peers until the Christmas season in her small town brings not Santa, but an outbreak of the undead in this genre-mashing holiday horror musical. Yep. Musical.
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Musical Anna And The Apocalypse Trailer

A trailer has arrived for Scottish zom-com-musical Anna and the Apocalypse, based on the BAFTA winning short film "Zombie Musical" by the late Ryan McHenry. While McHenry scripted the feature, it is directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here). The film will play at the 2017 Sitges Film Festival.

Shot on location in Scotland, the comedy stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, with Mark Benton (The Halcyon) as her father Tony and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) as the wicked Savage.

The cast also includes up-and-comers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, C [Continued ...]
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Anna and The Apocalypse Trailer: The First Zombie Christmas Musical

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Anna and The Apocalypse Trailer: The First Zombie Christmas Musical
Ahead of its premiere later this week at Fantastic Fest, the creators behind Anna and the Apocalypse have released a teaser trailer for a glimpse into the absurd world of zombie Christmas musical. The movie is based off of the 2010 Zombie Musical short film by the late BAFTA winning Ryan McHenry who co-wrote the script with Alan McDonald. Anna and the Apocalypse was directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here) and it looks like High School Musical made a Christmas comedy movie and mixed it with The Walking Dead.

The trailer comes to us courtesy of Deadline and it features a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse during the holidays. The trailer begins with a play on T'was the Night Before Christmas by a narrator who peppers in rhymes about Anna and the undead with some cheerful holiday music playing underneath. What happens next is pretty self-explanatory,
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Blu-ray Review – The Ghoul (2016)

The Ghoul, 2016.

Directed by Gareth Tunley.

Starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Geoffrey McGivern, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Niamh Cusack, and Dan Renton Skinner.

Synopsis:

A cop goes undercover as a patient in order to investigate a psychotherapist involved in a strange murder case.

With Ben Wheatley (A Field in England/Kill List) credited as executive producer you can guarantee that The Ghoul, the directorial debut feature from Gareth Tunley, isn’t going to be an easy or straightforward viewing experience. Opening on a police investigation of a double murder in a suburban house in London, the story centres on Chris (Tom MeetenSightseers), a burned-out homicide detective no longer on the force but brought in by his friend Jim (Dan Renton SkinnerHigh-Rise) to help out as Jim cannot figure out how two people were shot three times each and still managed to walk towards the front door of the house.
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Review: Game of Thrones – Season 7 – Episode 6

Well… that happened then.

If last week went by at a break neck pace, this week really takes the cake. Dragons, White Walkers, dead bears and Olympic medal running – hell, this episode seems to go by faster than it took to leak online.

So, we pick up pretty much where we left off last week – Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) is leading a suicide mission North of the Wall to convince sociopath Cersie (Lena Headey) that zombies are more important than her claim to the throne that came out of nowhere. All he wants to do is capture one of the extras off The Walking Dead, traipse it down to King’s Landing and solve all the show’s problems in one go. Jon and co spend quite a bit of time drinking in the Northern sights – and then literally all hell breaks loose.

But before we get to that, let
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You'll Barely Recognize Game of Thrones' Thoros Without His Signature Topknot

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You'll Barely Recognize Game of Thrones' Thoros Without His Signature Topknot
It's pretty easy to spot Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) on Game of Thrones; the 52-year-old English actor is most recognized for his signature topknot, scruff, and brown dirty clothes. But when he's not bringing the dead back to life on Game of Thrones, Paul actually looks like a completely normal guy, and to be honest, we'd have a pretty hard time recognizing him on the street. Related52 Must-See Photos of the Game of Thrones Cast Out of Character Paul is just one of the many actors on Game of Thrones who look totally unrecognizable out of costume, and unlike his ballsy character, Paul struggled with moments of insecurity before his first day of filming. "When I first got the gig, I was pretty terrified and couldn't sleep. I got to Belfast and I was being picked up at 4:30 a.m. for filming, and at 2 a.m. I was on Google typing in,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Lore Refresher: That Old Battle Jorah and Thoros Were Talking About

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‘Game of Thrones’ Lore Refresher: That Old Battle Jorah and Thoros Were Talking About
Game of Thrones” characters routinely reference events and history that took place long before the show started. Without a working knowledge of Westerosi history, it’s easy to get confused when the show discusses things that happened years in the past — and that’s exactly what Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) do in the Season 7 episode “Beyond the Wall.” As they’re walking beyond the Wall on their mission to find an undead wight, capture it, and bring it back to show the lords of Westeros, Jorah and Thoros discuss a battle they fought together years.
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‘Game of Thrones': Here’s the Likely Reason Uncle Benjen Showed Up in the Nick of Time

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‘Game of Thrones': Here’s the Likely Reason Uncle Benjen Showed Up in the Nick of Time
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the sixth episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “Beyond the Wall.”) The veritable suicide mission that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) took in the aptly named “Game of Thrones” Season 7 episode, “Beyond the Wall,” turned out to be a disaster. Though Jon and some of the best warriors in Westeros managed to capture an undead wight in order to prove the people in the South that the Night King was real, it came with some serious costs. Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) was killed during the expedition, and when Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) arrived with...
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