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Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Universal's Straight Outta Compton is on a roll at the box office, taking the top spot in its first two weeks in theaters. This weekend marks the end of the summer movie season, with just two new movies opening in wide release, The Weinstein Company's No Escape and Warner Bros.' drama We Are Your Friends, neither of which should be able to unseat Straight Outta Compton, which is well on its way to taking the top spot for its third week in a row. Straight Outta Compton surely won't put up massive numbers this weekend, but they won't need much.
Straight Outta Compton has already earned $113.8 million domestically, from a $28 million budget, expanding last weekend from 2,757 theaters to 3,025 theaters. While it isn't known yet if Universal plans on expanding the biopic's theater count even more, its current theater count, and the lack of any sort of buzz from its competitors, »
You think your 9 to 5 job sucks? Get a load of the crap that Fran Kranz has to deal with in Bloodsucking Bastards, the Slamdance horror comedy from director Brian James O'Connell. Scream Factory Films, a genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory announced today that Bloodsucking Bastards will get a limited theatrical release, alongside a VOD release on September 4th! You can watch the trailer below.Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film 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...
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The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top Us markets and on VOD on September 4.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A soul-sucking job turns into a blood-draining nightmare when a vampire uses macabre motivation on his employees in Scream Factory's Bloodsucking Bastards, which has now been set for a September 4th release in select theaters and VOD.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – (July 1, 2015) – Scream Factory™ Films, a genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory, announced today that action-packed horror-comedy Bloodsucking Bastards will open in select cinemas across top U.S. markets and on VOD September 4, 2015. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.
Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards recently made its world premiere as the opening night film at the Slamdance Film Festival 2015 and has since played at numerous film festivals to press acclaim and great audience enthusiasm. The film boasts an all-star cast including Fran Kranz (Cabin »
- Derek Anderson
Sneak Peek footage from producer Sam Raimi's detective comedy "Murder Of A Cat", directed by Gillian Greene, starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Nikki Reed, Fran Kranz and Greg Kinnear, now available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...when someone kills his beloved cat, 'Clinton' (Kranz), an adult child, 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.
"But as Clinton searches for the truth, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that goes far deeper than he anticipated..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Murder Of A Cat"...
- Michael Stevens
Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor. »
- D. Zhea
Mojave is an intense, classical thriller about a brilliant artist, Thomas (Hedlund), who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal drifter, Jack (Isaac). The chase moves from the spectacular vistas of the American desert to a noir Los Angeles, culminating in a vortex of criminality and brutality as Thomas emerges as an equally dangerous opponent.
- Scott J. Davis
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, 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 his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
[Press Release] Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler are pleased to announce that Al Pacino will return to Broadway in the world premiere of China Doll, a new play by David Mamet. It will begin previews on October 20, 2015, with an official opening on November 19, 2015, at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The play will also feature Fran Kranz (You Can’t Take It With You, Death of a Salesman, “Dollhouse”). Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (The Heidi Chronicles, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct. The creative team will include scenic design by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane (Gigi, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, 33 Variations), lighting design by Russell H. Champa (In the Next »
- Pietro Filipponi
Exclusive: La-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.
Chung plays a Chinese American who visits Hong Kong for the first time and meets a Us expat (Greenberg). But as romance blossoms, time is not on their side.
Ting said: “We shot the film in Hong Kong last summer and I couldn’t be happier to be returning ‘home’ a year later with the finished product.”
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Slamdance Film Festival is bringing its edgy, alternative-to-Sundance indie programming from Park City to Los Angeles. Beginning March 2015, the Slamdance Cinema Club will be hosted at the ArcLight Hollywood followed by a filmmaker Q&A, with high-profile guests and moderators expected to attend. Slamdance 2015 titles will have their first, fresh off the fest premieres here. The first screening will kick-off on March 8 with “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” from fdirector Steve Yu, and the following night, March 9, the Slamdance Cinema Club will screen “Bloodsucking Bastards” by Brian James O'Connell starring The Cabin in the Woods star Fran Kranz who will bring the Los Angeles-based comedy group Dr. God's humor on the big screen. March 8, 8pm – “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” The story of professional wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts as he battles out from the depths of drug addiction, financial disaster, and depression with the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In its first foray into a distribution partnership, the Slamdance Film Festival is teaming with the ArcLight Cinemas theater in Hollywood to screen two films per month from this year’s festival.
The Slamdance Cinema Club will launch in March with screenings and a filmmaker Q&A, with surprise guests and moderators.
The first screening will kick off on March 8 with “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” from filmmaker Steve Yu. On the following night, Brian James O’Connell’s “Bloodsucking Bastards” will screen, featuring “The Cabin in the Woods” star Fran Kranz.
“ArcLight Cinemas has continued to be a shining light for independent cinema fans looking for a rich cinematic experience and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a visionary company that cares so much about the future of film,” states Slamdance President & Co-Founder Peter Baxter.
- Dave McNary
Featuring: George A. Romero, Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Robert Kirkman, Simon Pegg, Max Brooks, Bruce Campbell, Fran Kranz, Greg Nicotero, Jacqui Holland, Tom Savini, Traycee King | Written by Chad Herschberger & Alexandre O. Philippe | Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe
I like zombies just as much as the next person. Well, okay, maybe a little more, but probably not by much. While my friends and I, as teenagers, discovered the walking dead from satirical horror movies sought out in movie rental shops, most new initiates to the delights of the undead can simply leave their TV on for ten minutes and chances are there’ll be a zombie on it at some point.
Zombies have taken over the world. While the irony of their mass appeal is most certainly lost on them, it isn’t lost on Alexandre Philippe and Chad Herschberger, who decided the best way to deal with the oversaturation »
- Mark Allen
Finding someone is hard...unless you're willing to fudge the facts about who you are. That's the starting point for the upcoming comedy "The Truth About Lies," and today we have the exclusive trailer for the comedy about what happens when a few fibs start to spiral about of control. Starring Fran Kranz, Odette Annable, Chris Diamantopolous, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and written and directed by Phil Allocco, the film follows Gilby Smalls, whose life is falling apart: he's been dumped by his girlfriend, fired from his job, and he's moving back in with mom. Salvation arrives in the form of Rachel, but in order to win her over, Gilby tells a few tall tales that soon a grow a little too tall. And as you'll see in the trailer, trying to get things back on track, and win the girl of his dreams, won't be easy. "The Truth About Lies »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O'Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film, Fortress Features founders Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti, and Maybe This Year (Mty) Productions founder Brandon Evans. In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Here's what Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.
"Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the »
Bathed in fluorescent lights, the telemarketing office where Evan (Fran Kranz of The Cabin in the Woods) works seems to be sucking the life out of his soul, but he’ll have to worry about the same thing happening to his lifeblood when a vampire takes his sought-after promotion. Such is the horror-comedy setup in Bloodsucking Bastards, a recent Slamdance screening that Shout! Factory just picked up:
Press Release - “Los Angeles / New York / Park City (January 29, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive »
- Derek Anderson
Multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to “Bloodsucking Bastards,” a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and written by the comedy troupe Dr. God based on an original script by Ryan Mitts, TheWrap has learned.
The film’s producers and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos announced that the rights deal includes theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.
- Jeff Sneider
The 2015 Slamdance Festival opened on Friday night with a splash -- or rather copious amounts of blood -- in Bloodsucking Bastards, a horror comedy directed by Brian James O'Connell and penned by Ryan Mitts and the Dr. God comedy group. The well-attended opening-night party included the cast and crew in attendance, and plenty of complimentary libations for attendees.
Not since the Spierig brothers' 2009 vampire horror movie Daybreakers have I witnessed such a deluge of fake blood, but the action and humor keep the gag reflex at bay in this film that has been aptly described as "Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead," but with vampires instead of zombies.
Fran Kranz stars in Bloodsucking Bastards as Evan, the acting sales manager in a regional office of a big corporation. He is frustrated with his current work situation with his co-worker and ex-girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), as well as his slacker »
- Debbie Cerda
Buyers will be out in full force this week in Park City but with so many options to choose from, it helps to have a cheat sheet to prioritize the must-see acquisition titles at Sundance. After talking to buyers and sellers alike, here are the 10 most promising titles with the loudest buzz heading into this year’s festival.
The Bronze (WME)
What’s the Deal?: The highlight of Sundance’s opening night lineup is this raunchy comedy from director Bryan Buckley featuring co-writer Melissa Rauch in what could prove to be a star-making performance. The “Big Bang Theory” actress plays a washed-up Olympic gymnast whose local celebrity is threatened by the arrival of a promising young gymnast seeking a mentor. Sundance describes the foul-mouthed protagonist as “a lovably loathsome character who makes Tonya Harding look like Grace Kelly,” so perhaps this will be the next “Bad Words?”
First Screening: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. – Eccles
What’s the Deal?: Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt play East L.A. parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown as they juggle marital and parenting duties. Things get weird when she enjoys a night on the town with her girls and he takes the opportunity to invite his buddies over for smoking, drinking and carousing. Joe Swanberg’s latest may be his most commercial film yet, and it certainly features his most high-profile cast. Between Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons, Ron Livington, comedian Mike Birbiglia and veterans Sam Elliott and Judith Light, there’s someone for everyone.
First Screening: Monday, Jan. 26, 9:45 p.m. – Eccles »
- Jeff Sneider
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