Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, who plays the career con artist Letty, will be back to being her best worst self in October, when TNT's drama Good Behavior returns for Season 2.
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“Big Bear” marks the directorial debut of actor Joey Kern, who stars along with Pablo Schreiber (“Orange Is the New Black”), Adam Brody, Tyler Labine, Zachary Knighton, and Toby Huss. The film was financed by Maybe This Year Productions and produced by Mty Productions in association with Fortress Features.
The story centers Kern’s character getting dumped by his cheating fiancée for Schreiber’s character and going ahead with his bachelor party up at Big Bear Lake thanks to the urging of his three best friends (Brody, Labine, and Knighton). Things take a turn for the worse the next morning when he discovers Schreiber’s character has been kidnapped by his friends and tied up in the basement.
Kern also wrote the script and produced with Luke Edwards, Mty Productions
Blue Fox Entertainment has announced it has acquired worldwide rights to the comedy Big Bear and will release in theatres and on VOD on September 22.
The title will be Blue Fox Entertainment’s first theatrical release and centres on a man dumped by his girlfriend who goes ahead with his bachelor party and discovers the man his fiancée ran off with has been kidnapped by his friends.
The film marks the directorial debut of actor Joey Kern, known for TNT’s Good Behavior and Super Troopers, who stars alongside Pablo Schreiber, Adam Brody, Tyler Labine, Zachary Knighton, and Toby Huss.
Big Bear was financed by Maybe This Year Productions (Mty), which also produced in association with Fortress Features.
Kern wrote the script and produced with Mty Productions’ Brandon Evans, Fortress Features’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti, and Luke Edwards.
“We want to make a big splash with our
Joey Kern and Luke Edwards play Dresden and Dominic Winters, brothers on...
It’s a gamy thing to use as fodder for humor. It’s central to the mixed bag that is “A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff” that Mitchell Altieri’s film turns a tasteless comic conceit fairly frivolous and inoffensive. Murder has long been fodder for lightweight black comedy — what community theater hasn’t staged “Arsenic and Old Lace” with nary a murmur of controversy? — but snuff is something else, with its suggestions of sadistic perversion and seamy entrepreneurship. It’s somewhat impressive that this latest feature by the prolific Butcher Brothers (erstwhile co-director Phil Flores takes a backseat as executive producer here) renders an inherently repulsive idea farcical enough to bounce jokes off. The problem is that this watchable indie isn’t all that funny, clever or surprising despite its outré premise.
Lower-rent versions of the Wilson brothers whom no Wes Anderson has yet “discovered,” Dresden (Joey Kern) and Dominic Winters (Luke Edwards) are Minnesota siblings transplanted to L.A. in search of acting fame. It’s proved elusive to the point where they face returning to Chez Mom & Dad’s in shamed defeat. Dresden, the older and more maniacal blond of the two, cannot stomach that fate. He seizes on a potential last-chance breakthrough: Entering a horror-movie contest whose winner gets a quarter mil in production costs plus industry contacts. It’s also his brainstorm that they not only make a faux snuff film but heighten its prize-magnetizing “realism” by actually kidnapping and terrorizing their star. Once the footage is in the can, the prospect of career liftoff will presumably keep her from, say, criminally prosecuting the Winters.
All this seems a pretty terrible plan to the comparatively grounded Dominic, but he lets himself be pushed into it by big bro. After an unfunny sequence in which the latter insults auditioning actresses at a cattle call, they settle on Jennifer (Bree Williamson), who seems smart, attractive and game enough to forgive them when the ruse is exposed. They duly kidnap her — not without considerable bruising struggle — then take her to the warehouse their doting landlord, Jorge (Perry Layton Ojeda), has lent them for the evening.
Strapped to a table, at the mercy of two masked abductors, Jennifer appears terrified at first, despite her ersatz tormentors’ bungling and bickering. Dresden begins taking his role a little too seriously (evidently he has a history of instability), which exacerbates tensions between the brothers. Then there’s the fact that a real-life killer has been running around L.A. castrating men, something noted insistently enough to ensure it will sooner or later prove central to the narrative.
Kern and Edwards make an amiable pair of goofballs, and there’s an occasional bright line (amid too many in-joke movie references) in the team-written script. Still, “Beginner’s Guide” is rather tepid in laughs and outrageousness so long as the focus is on the boys, with their familiar “Dumb and Dumber” dynamic and ineptly faked bwa-ha-ha villainy. It gets livelier when the tables are turned, our heroes discovering their captive is considerably craftier — not to mention deadlier — than they.
Even then, the film feels relatively uninspired and tame, raising a few chuckles but nary an eyebrow. It should be said, however, that soap veteran Williamson fully rises to the occasion of her character’s hidden dimensions — if the material were better, she’d have knocked it out of the park. There’s also fun to be had from the scenes with Ojeda, who wrings sly notes from the potentially tired stereotype of the older gay neighbor whose lust objects are so corn-fed clueless they assume he’s a “ladies’ man.”
It’s another middling effort by the Butcher Brothers, who haven’t matched the pleasant-surprise peak of their 2006 vampire-family opus “The Hamiltons” (not even in its 2012 sequel, “The Thompsons”). While they’ve stayed pretty much within the horror genre since, at least they continue to approach it from different angles, with variable success but no lack of industry.
Though small in cast and location scale, “Beginner’s Guide” is decently paced and shot. The retro ’70s look of the opening credits proves one among several avenues it doesn’t pursue enough (or at all) after introducing, another such being the underlapped satirical potential in Dresden’s crazy inner voice being that of a motivational infomercial spokesman (Carter MacIntyre).
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Directed by Brian James O’Connell.
Starring Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick, Yvette Yates and Marshall Givens.
Evan is a dedicated office worker who is passed over for promotion in favour of newcomer Max, but once Max settles in to his new job the bodies start piling up.
Otherwise known as Bloodsucking Bastards, which would guarantee it not getting put on the shelves at your local supermarket, Bloodsucking Bosses takes all of those clichés and stereotypes that you know from The Office, Office Space and, of course, your own experiences in your dead-end day job and throws them back at you with wry humour and bloody vampire action.
Evan (Fran Kranz – The Cabin in the Woods) is the acting sales manager in a large corporation hoping to get offered the position full-time from his boss Ted (Joel Murray – The Artist) but he
Evan (Fran Kanz) is in a rut. He’s over-worked in a soul-destroying sales job and he’s just been dumped his girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), who also happens to be his Hr manager. To add insult to injury, his boss (Joel Murray) has just passed him over for promotion and parachuted in Max (Pedro Pascal), Evan’s college nemesis.
Soon after Max’s arrival, people begin acting strangely and the bodies start piling up, but Evan is initially too preoccupied with himself to notice. When he eventually catches on that Max is a bloodsucker in the very literal sense, he bands together his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern) and the remaining humans to rescue Amanda and save their careers from hitting an (un)dead end.
Other notable releases this week include México Barbaro, The Diabolical, Arrow’s special edition Blu for Tenderness of the Wolves, and The Diabolical.
Bloodsucking Bastards (Scream Factory Blu-ray & DVD)
Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and
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