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Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and starring Addison Timlin, Travis Tope, Gary Cole, Joshua Leonard, Anthony Anderson, Denis O’Hare, Edward Herrmann and Veronica Cartwright, the Jason Blum-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a remake of the seventies horror of the same name is inspired by the unsolved ‘Moonlight Murders’ that took place in the American border town of Texarkana in 1946.
Set in a world where the original film exists and is very much part of the public consciousness, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up 65 years later, where the quiet streets of Texarkana are once more plagued by a masked maniac who bears a striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc decades earlier. Is it a copycat crime? Has someone seen the original film too many times, or is it something even more sinister? A lonely high school (Addison Timlin), with dark secrets of her own, »
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
Everyone knows A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – including their respective remakes over the last few years. Less known to the general populace is Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, in which a hooded killer terrorizes a small town in Arkansas following World War II. Perhaps that’s simply because it’s not as good as such aforementioned classics, but that’s still nothing to stop the perpetual influx of »
- Edward Gardiner
After being a ratings hit for A&E in its first season, Bates Motel saw a significant drop in the ratings in season two. Will the numbers continue to drop this time around? Cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
Set in the small town of White Pine Bay, Oregon, Bates Motel tells the story of a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). Others in the cast include Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell, Kenny Johnson, Nicola Peltz, Ryan Hurst, Tracy Spiridakos, Kevin Rahm, and Joshua Leonard.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. (more…) »
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
When you think about it, John Carpenter and Wes Craven are to blame. Without them we wouldn’t have the stone-cold genre classics Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. And without them we wouldn’t have their dubious legacy of derivative sequels, remakes and reboots that has plagued multiplexes for going on fifteen years now.
Outside of such an environment, a remake of (or sequel to?) The Town That Dreaded Sundown would never have been greenlit. The blind greed of studio executives is the only logical explanation for this movie’s existence. The creative merit of the enterprise certainly evades me.
Perhaps you need some context; I certainly did. The original was a 1976 slasher »
- Mark Allen
The streaming service reportedly paid in the $1 million range for global rights to the film, which it will premiere in all markets later this year.
American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga and Boardwalk Empire alum Ben Rosenfield star in the film as a young couple whose relationship is challenged by job opportunities that send them down different paths. Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack co-star, while Fidell both helmed and penned the script.
The acquisition isn’t completely out of the blue – Netflix signed a four-picture deal with the Duplass brothers (big names on the festival circuit), who produced 6 Years, at Sundance earlier this year, though this pick-up is not included in that agreement.
Netflix chief content »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, which just had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The film, which Fidell wrote and directed, stars Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield as a young couple whose relationship begins to unravel. The film also features Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Jennifer Lafleur and Peter Vack. It was produced by Duplass Brothers Productions, Kelly Williams, Jonathan Duffy, and Andrew Logan in association with Arts & Labor. Read More SXSW: Magnolia Picks Up Steve Jobs Documentary Netflix, which signed a four-picture deal with Jay and Mark Duplass in
- Gregg Kilday
Netflix has acquired global distribution rights to Hannah Fidell’s “6 Years,” and will debut the drama later this year, the streaming giant said Sunday. Featuring a screenplay by Fidell, the Duplass Brothers Production stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) and had its world premiere Saturday at the SXSW Film Festival. The plot follows a young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, which begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities send them down a volatile and violent path. Also Read: SXSW: Magnolia Pictures Nabs Alex Gibney’s Docu ‘Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine’ Lindsay Burdge, »
- Todd Cunningham
Netflix has nabbed global rights to Hannah Fidell’s “6 Years” and plans to debut the drama on its streaming service later this year.
The move continues the Internet giant’s aggressive recent forays into the feature film space. Earlier this month, it beat out a range of indie labels for rights to Cary Fukunaga’s feature “Beasts of No Nation” and announced plans to partner with Leonardo DiCaprio on a feature-length documentary about the environment.
“6 Years” stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) as young lovers at a crossroads. It premiered at SXSW, earning a mixed review from Variety‘s Justin Chang, who wrote the picture “too often veers toward melodramatic overstatement.”
The film is Fidell’s follow-up to “A Teacher,” which courted controversy with its »
- Brent Lang
Ready to check back into A&E's Bates Motel? With the season three premiere airing tonight, you don't have to wait long. After the tense ending to season two, writers/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have plenty of suspense (both psychological and palpable) in the pipeline for the 10-episode third season, and coming off another Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series, Vera Farmiga looks to bring Norma to life once again with a multifaceted flair. We recently had the chance to take part in an interview call with Farmiga, Cuse, and Ehrin, who discussed what's in store for Norma and Norman's strained relationship in season three, new cast members, learning Slipknot songs on guitar in between scenes, the number of seasons planned for Bates Motel, and more.
- Derek Anderson
Five years after it first premiered at Sundance and was quietly released into a handful of theaters, Adam Green’s Frozen might still be his best film. It’s certainly his most accessible: unlike the goopy splatterfests that are his Hatchet movies or the brooding psychodrama of Spiral — all of which are great in their respective ways — the terrors of Frozen are universal. It’s the kind of movie that speaks to everyone in the audience: What Would You Do If…?
The premise is brilliant simplicity: three friends — couple Dan (Kevin Zegers) and Parker (Emma Bell) and third wheel Joe Lynch (Shawn Ashmore, playing a character named after Green’s real-life best friend and fellow director) — find themselves stranded on a ski lift in freezing temperatures with no rescue in sight for at least five days.
That description barely scratches the surface of what Green has in store, as his »
- Patrick Bromley
Writer/director Hannah Fidell emerged from Sundance 2013 as a filmmaker to follow with her unsettling May-December drama "A Teacher." Her next film, "6 Years," also turns on a twisty relationship—though one far less taboo than the teacher-student bond seen in her debut. Premiering in South by Southwest's narrative competition slate this March, "6 Years" stars promising youngsters Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Ben Rosenfield ("Boardwalk Empire") as two halves of a couple who've been together since high school. "Bound by ideal love," the relationship begins to "unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined," per the fest synopsis. "6 Years" reunites second-feature director Fidell with her brave "A Teacher" lead Lindsay Burdge, with indies Joshua Leonard and Peter Vack also starring. We see a lot »
- Ryan Lattanzio
With Sundance in the rear view mirror and Berlin just around the corner, another huge festival that’s now very much in mind is the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW 2015), to be held in Austin, Texas, this March. And this year, the lineup looks no less eclectic than in any previous year for the festival.
SXSW 2015 will see the debut of two big-studio comedies (Paul Feig’s Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy; and Etan Cohen’s Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart), some red-hot documentaries (none more so than Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and a vast array of smaller indie titles. Intriguingly, Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck will be screened as a work-in-progress.
- Isaac Feldberg
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
SXSW will showcase 145 features. The line-up includes 60 films from first-time film-makers and comprises 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us premieres.
Head of film Janet Pierson and her team of programmers culled selections from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions composed of 1,614 Us and 771 international features. The record of 7,335 total submissions marks a 13% gain on 2014.
For the first time the number of films in the juried Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature selections have risen from eight to ten. The complete Conference line-up and schedule will be released on February 17.
Besides the Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition selections listed below, feature entries include Judd Apatow’s work-in-progress comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer in Special Events, music film 808 (pictured) in 24 Beats Per Second and Alex Garland’s sci-fi »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It seems clear that Bates Motel is moving closer and closer to the events of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, with last month's trailer entitled Becoming Psycho. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has debuted new a new poster for Season 3, which literally shows the word "Psycho" right next to young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), as he is being embraced by his loving mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). Of course, we don't necessarily need that overt homage, since Norman looks more psychotic than usual in this poster.
Bates Motel returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman's waning ability to stay in denial about what's happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events »
Over the past decade, the way audiences are seeing movies has changed with the advent of VOD and digital streaming. These technological advances have allowed more and more filmmakers to bypass traditional distribution methods completely and go straight to their audience. The latest filmmaker trailblazing with the digital vanguard is actor/director Mark Webber with his third feature, “The Ever After.” Deadline reports that “The Ever After” will be a self-released affair available next month on the film’s site. This seems like the perfect – and most viable – option to reach audiences for such a low-key and intimate film. Co-starring, co-written and co-produced by Webber and his real life wife Teresa Palmer, the film follows a married photographer and actress as they struggle to make sense of their bond with one another. Melissa Leo, Rosario Dawson, Phoebe Tonkin, Joshua Leonard, Moby, and Scott Mescudi co-star, with Moby pulling double duty and scoring the film. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Exclusive: Married actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer make a bold foray into indie filmmaking in the digital era with The Ever After, a mostly self-financed drama the couple co-wrote, star in, and will release online worldwide on Valentine’s Day via direct-to-consumer platform Vhx.
Webber, seen recently in Jessabelle and Happy Christmas, and Palmer, known for her roles in I Am Number Four and Warm Bodies, star as Thomas and Ava, a photographer and an actress with a young child and a lovely La home who must confront their innermost vulnerabilities to save their marriage when trauma strikes. (Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer above.)
In his third feature behind the camera after 2008’s Explicit Ills and 2012’s The End Of Love, Webber directs the partially crowdfunded drama which premiered last year at the La Film Festival. Filming took place in La and Palmer’s native Australia while Palmer was »
- Jen Yamato
For fans who have been waiting impatiently for another follow-up to The Blair Witch Project, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Eduardo Sánchez, who co-directed the original 1999 horror blockbuster with Daniel Myrick, revealed in an interview with Dread Central that they have both been discussing The Blair Witch Project 3 with Lionsgate, with hopes that they may start production within the next few years.
"We have been talking to Lionsgate and there has been a little bit of movement but nothing is concrete. The film seems inevitable to me, but really it's just a matter of it being the right time. I'm thinking it's going to happen sooner than later at this point, but I always say that. There's always rumblings and certain ideas being pushed around and such. While I don't have anything firm to talk about now, it wouldn't surprise me if »
Following the brief teaser released in December, A&E has released an innovative trailer for Season 3 of Bates Motel, debuting March 9. Artist Steven Sebring created this unique preview, which makes use of over 100 cameras to create a seamless 360-degree shot of stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in several different environments. The trailer is set to the fitting song "Mama's Gonna Give You Love" by Emily Wells.
Bates Motel returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman's waning ability to stay in denial about what's happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leave Norma reluctantly more aware of Norman's mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of. »
Leave it to Don Keefer to document the major moments! Right after the New Year, actress Alison Pill announced her engagement to actor Joshua Leonard, flashing her ring on Instagram. But behind the scenes (as always) was Pill’s Newsroom costar and on-screen ex Tom Sadoski, who played producer Don Keefer on the HBO journalism drama. “I had been on a rocky mountain top in Joshua Tree, and Tommy Sadoski, who is like my older brother, who plays Don [Keefer] on The Newsroom, documented with his camera the [...] »
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