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Detective Comedy Murder of a Cat May Win You Over with Its Off-Kilter Charm

25 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Clinton Moisey (Fran Kranz), the man-child in Murder of a Cat, calls his sleuthing alter ego Doghouse Reilly, after Philip Marlowe's jokey alias in The Big Sleep. This choice sums up the tone of Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow's screenplay (on the 2010 Black List), which sprinkles hard-boiled detective jargon onto a comic mystery that mostly reveals Clinton's obliviousness to the world outside his mother's basement. Director Gillian Greene's debut feature plays up these elements with Deborah Lurie's full-throttle film noir score, but she never gets heavy-handed, even when things take a dangerous turn. The death of his beloved Mouser (played by a cat named Bogart) triggers Clinton to leave his comfort zone and begin investigating, albeit in a bathrobe instead of a tre »

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Before I Disappear | Review

24 November 2014 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché

Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Is This The Greatest Movie-Related Bong In History?

17 November 2014 3:45 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are about a million smart and clever ideas packed into the runtime of Drew Goddard's brilliant horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, but perhaps the film's greatest is the coffee mug water pipe. Used by Marty, the pot head character played by Fran Kranz, the plastic and metal container looks like a normal thermos, but in reality it actually extends like a telescope and has a detachable hollow handle that can be reinserted in the bottom. To own one of these thermos bongs would be to own the best possible prop replica from The Cabin In The Woods - and the best news of all is that fans will soon get their chance to purchase one. While there's no actual mention of The Cabin In The Woods on their website - perhaps just for legal reasons - the company Iron Man Designs LLC has revealed that they »

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Fran Kranz Tries to Solve the 'Murder of a Cat' in Indie Comedy Trailer

31 October 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some independent movies are worth seeking out. Others remain obscure and hidden for a reason, and that seems to be why we haven't heard anything about Murder of a Cat, an indie comedy starring Cabin in the Woods scene stealer Fran Kranz along with an interesting mix of supporting players. The film follows a harmless oddball who is thoroughly upset that someone has just murdered his best friend, a cat named Mouser. J.K. Simmons is the investigating officer, and he soon learns that the cat was seemingly leading a double life. Yeah, it's about as stupid as it sounds. Pretty much everyone in this movie is better than this. Here's the trailer for Gillian Greene's Murder of a Cat, originally from Apple: Murder of a Cat marks the feature directorial debut of Gillian Greene, working from a script by Robert Snow & Christian Magalhaes (both of the series"New Girl"). Produced by Sam Raimi, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gravitas acquires Murder Of A Cat

30 October 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Gillian Greene’s feature directorial debut starring Oscar contender Jk Simmons. Separately, Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios have entered into a multi-year, multi-title deal for Moguldom’s slate.

Sam Raimi, Molly Hassell and Ivan Orlic produced Murder Of A Cat, a surburban noir about a young man on the trail of his pet’s killer.

Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear round out the key cast.

Bob Snow and Christian Magalhaes wrote the screenplay to Murder Of A Cat, which premiered earlier this year at Tribeca.

Gravitas brokered the deal with CAA and will distribute across theatrical and digital platforms on December 5.

The deal between Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios calls for a minimum of 10 new films a year. Cinedigm has also acquired distribution rights to seven catalogue titles from the Moguldom Studios’ library and will get certain Us distribution rights to the films, including digital »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron official trailer will make you weep with its sheer beauty

23 October 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was reportedly leaked on the internet, in poor quality, resulting in Marvel Studios releasing the official version early. It was originally scheduled to debut with Marvel's Agents of Shield, which would have been obvious brand synergy, as well as casting a spotlight on the awesomeness of that show. (Bad Rising Tide! Pop culture reference, sorry.)

But the official trailer is here now, and it's stunning in its melancholy beauty. This is somewhat atypical for a superhero blockbuster, though increasingly common in recent years (c.f. Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight trilogy). With the trailer for The Avengers, director Joss Whedon seemed to be taking after the epitome of blockbuster bombast, Michael Bay (Transformers); whereas with the trailer for the follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems to be taking after the master of visual and emotional film-making poetry, Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers »

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[Review] The Living

22 October 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

An interesting choice was made on Jack Bryan‘s film The Living—one that occurred before the camera rolled. If you’re familiar with Fran Kranz‘s emotionally fractured science nerd Topher from Dollhouse and Kenny Wormald‘s coolly confident Ren from the Footloose remake, you’d probably have a pretty good idea of who would play who inside a plot dealing […] »

- Jared Mobarak

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Casts Tim DeKay as Agent Ward's Brother

1 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

White Collar star Tim DeKay has signed on for a pivotal guest-starring role in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing Senator Maynard Ward, the abusive older brother of Hydra operative Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).

The character will debut in the sixth Season 2 episode, entitled "A Fractured Rose", who may be the "Senator with deep pockets" that General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) referred to in last night's episode, "Heavy Is the Head". Maynard was also referenced during Season 1, when Grant told Skye (Chloe Bennet) stories about how his older brother would beat him up, including an incident where Maynard pushed Grant into a well.

Their contentious sibling relationship will also help explain how Grant became loyal to Hydra in the first place. Zap2It reports that Grant burned down his parents' home while Maynard was still inside. Maynard survived and pressed charges, which lead to Grant being sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, »

- MovieWeb

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Is Speedball coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

30 September 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A tweet sent out (and swiftly deleted) by longtime Whedonverse actor Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse) may have just revealed the identity of another Marvel Comics character headed to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Robbie Baldwin, a.k.a. Speedball.

For those unfamiliar, Robbie Baldwin was bombarded with inter-dimensional energy and gained an exterior shell of kinetic energy. As Speedball, he became a member of Marvel’s New Warriors and is part of what leads into Marvel’s Civil War story arc. He later ditches the Speedball moniker, joins the Norman Osborne-led team Thunderbolts, and starts going by Penance.

With many speculating that Marvel may one day adapt the Civil War storyline for film, Speedball’s possible appearance is sure to raise some eyebrows. Franz may have deleted his tweet, but the folks over at Oh No They Didn’t managed to get »

- James Garcia

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Are 'Hercules' And 'Speedball' Coming To Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

30 September 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Actor and frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) recently tweeted (and then deleted) and interesting list of names.  Luckily, the guys over at OhNoTheyDidnt were able to screencap the tweet.  Needless to say, it's Very intriuging. Robbie Baldwin became known as Speedball after his body was bombarded with interdimentional energy during a freak accident.  Gifted with an exterior shell of kinetic energy, Speedball eventually becomes a member of the New Warriors, a team of young heroes including Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, Marvel Boy and Firestar.  The team would later be involved in a reality show gone wrong which results in the destruction of a small neighborhood and leads into Marvel's Civil War.  In a fit of guilt for surviving the incident, Baldwin ditches the Speedball moniker and takes up the name Penance as a member of Norman Osborne's Thunderbolts In other speculatory news, »

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Cannes: Movies With Pickup Buzz in the Market

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

4 Minute Mile

Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud

Producers: Mark Disalle, Deborah Moore, Jennifer Reibman, Micah Sparks

Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger

Sales: Double Dutch Intl.

Autobahn

Director: Eran Creevy

Producers: Joel Silver, Ben Pugh, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Rory Aitken

Cast: Felicity Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.

Sales: Im Global

Before I Disappear

Director: Shawn Christensen

Producers: Shawn Christensen, Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Terry Leonard, Paul Wesley

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum

Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment

The Better Angels

Director: A. J. Edwards

Producers: Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito and Charley Beil

Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley

The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.

Sales: Electric Entertainment

Cell

Director: Tod “Kip” Williams

Producers: Richard Saperstein, »

- Variety Staff

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New York Short Film Fest Announces Lineup Including 'Bingo Night' With Mindy Sterling and 'The Lord of Catan' with Amy Acker

13 May 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 3rd Annual "King of Shorts" has arrived. The New York Short Film Festival runs May 27-29 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City.  Over 60 films from 11 countries will be participating in this international competition. showcase shorts featuring "Bingo Night," starring Mindy Sterling ("Austin Powers"), "The Lord of Catan," starring Amy Acker ("Much Ado About Nothing") and Fran Kranz ("The Cabin in the Woods"), "The Parting Glass" produced by NY agency Opperman Weiss, "What Cheer?" starring Richard Kind ("Spin City," "Argo"), and "Joan's Day Out," starring Sally Kellerman ("Mash"),  Tara Lynne Barr ("God Bless America"), and Betsy Franco ("Broken Tower," "General Hospital"). For the full lineup, go to www.NYshortsFest.com  »

- Taylor Lindsay

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Murder of a Cat: Tribeca Review

27 April 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Wasting the talents of such reliable veteran performers as Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner and J.K. Simmons, Murder of a Cat is the sort of would-be satirical comedy that substitutes forced quirkiness for humor to relentlessly grating effect. Gillian Greene’s debut feature produced by her husband Sam Raimi and receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival woefully fails in its attempt at being a comic, modern-day noir. It also features one of the most irritating lead characters in recent memory in the form of Clinton (Fran Kranz), a twenty-something man-child who still lives with

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- Frank Scheck

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Murder of a Cat’

25 April 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Murder of a Cat” is that rare post-“Little Miss Sunshine” laffer that could actually stand to be quirkier. Somehow, despite all the eccentric bathrobes and vintage sweaters and bad wigs, despite the involvement of “Sunshine” star Greg Kinnear and “Juno” vet J.K. Simmons, this weird little detective story never quite manages to establish its own personality. After years of watching hubby Sam Raimi direct, first-timer Gillian Greene plucked a script off the Black List and made a go of it, and the result feels like someone won a contest where the grand prize meant getting to make a movie.

Actually, the real winners here are co-writers Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow, whose well-loved spec script made the rounds in Hollywood and helped land them staff writing gigs on “New Girl.” At a moment when douchebag comedy is king, these guys serve up unapologetically dorky counterprogramming, where the main character »

- Peter Debruge

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Nikki Reed and Fran Kranz discover mutual love of Leonardo DiCaprio -- Video

25 April 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Any story that centers around a murder of a cat and is a comedy is going to be a little offbeat.

But that kind of tone was exactly what attracted Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) to Murder of a Cat, which is screening this weekend as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. When someone murders his beloved cat, Clinton (Kranz) demands justice. Taking it upon himself to solve the case, he teams up with an unlikely ally, Greta (Reed), and the two set out to find the culprit lurking in their small suburban town.

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- Erin Strecker

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Fran Kranz Hunted by Bloodsucking Bastards

21 April 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Fortress Features (The Collector, The Collection, The Hunted ) is in pre-production on the indie flick Bloodsucking Bastards, directed by Brian James O’Connell, and the first casting news has arrived.

Fran Kranz (pictured, The Cabin in the Woods) stars alongside Pedro Pascal and Yvette Yates. Joel Murray, Joey Kern, Patricia Rae, Emma Fitzpatrick, and Parvesh Cheena co-star.

According to the Tracking Board, the horror comedy was pitched as “The Office” meets Shaun of the Dead.

Synopsis:

A down-on-his-luck cubicle worker must deal with the horrible reality that everyone in his office is turning into vampires.

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- Steve Barton

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Joss Whedon Pushes 'In Your Eyes' to Vimeo On Demand

21 April 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For the distribution of his latest film, In Your Eyes, Joss Whedon has taken a page from Beyonce's "surprise digital release" playbook. After the film made its world premiere Sunday night at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon and the film's crew have made In Your Eyes available for a $5, 72-hour rental at Vimeo On Demand. 

From 'Buffy' to 'The Avengers': Joss Whedon's Best and Worst Projects

"It's exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution »

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Fledgling Director Gillian Greene's 'Murder of a Cat' Is One to Watch at Tribeca

17 April 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Gillian Greene's TV star father had an adage about career arcs that was applicable to any actor: "Who's Lorne Greene?" "Get me Lorne Greene!" "Get me the next Lorne Greene!" "Who's the next Lorne Greene?" At the moment, the next Gillian Greene is Gillian Greene, whose first feature, "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said the fledgling director, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, »

- John Anderson

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'Dallas' Season 3, episode 6: John Ross confirms the adage 'Like Father, Like Son'

31 March 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) maintains he's not following in the footsteps of his late dad, J.R., but evidence suggests otherwise.

He furnished a major new piece in "Like Father, Like Son," Monday's (March 31) tellingly titled episode of TNT's "Dallas." The hour opened with him confronting Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) about her collusion with Bobby (Patrick Duffy) to deny him the permit to drill on Southfork Ranch.

He claimed he wasn't emotionally involved with Emma (Emma Bell) and only using her to get the ships the company needs. but Sue Ellen countered about his wife (Julie Gonzalo): "You think it's going to hurt any less when Pamela finds out?" Accused by his mother of being "drunk with power," he retorted, "I may be ... but you? You're just drunk."

Advising John Ross to go easy on Sue Ellen, who wanted to keep him off "the J.R. road," Bobby »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Fearnet Movie Review: 'Doc of the Dead' [SXSW 2014]

12 March 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Anyone who sets out to make a documentary film about the history of zombie cinema is in a no-win situation: if you stick with the obvious stuff, then the hardcore horror fans will get bored, impatient, and very annoyed. But if you focus mainly on the oddest and most obscure information regarding cinematic zombiedom, then you're leaving out all the newbies -- or the geeks who only pretend to know White Zombie from Rob Zombie.

  Fortunately the movie-obsessed documentarian Alex Philippe -- his film The People vs. George Lucas is recommended to any hardcore Star Wars nut -- knows how to cover a lot of bases in a short amount of time, and the result is a light and amusing film about some of the grossest movies you'll ever see.    Without rattling off all the statistics, let's just say that Mr. Philippe and his team manage to touch on all »

- Scott Weinberg

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