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The Horror, the Horror!
Why isn’t there a quality, poker-themed horror movie? The title, "Poker Night: Dead Man's Hand," is a bit campy, but so are many horror movies. Imagine eight college grads uniting on a remote island for a night of boozing and strip poker. The plot writes itself. One by one, the clothing layers are removed and one by one, the players get lured from the table and slaughtered in a most grizzly fashion.
At the end, there is only one person left, and she (it has to be a she) is forced to play our killer in a poker game to the death. All you can see is the killer’s eyes behind a Yoda mask (or any other mask that terrifies you), as he deals the cards on the blood-soaked table. The girl shivers, forced to face her fears while playing the most important game of her life. »
Ashley Greene ("The Twilight Saga"), Emily Browning and Ron Livingston were spotted filming The Shangri-La Suite in Redondo Beach, California on Friday. Check out photos from the shoot below! The film centers on Karen (Browning) and Jack (played by Luke Grimes) who met in a mental hospital and fell in love with each other. They set out to follow what Jack thinks is his destiny - to kill Elvis Presley. Livingston plays Elvis in the movie and Green portrays Priscilla Presley. Click the photos for bigger versions: »
Actors playing real people have really been nailing it lately. First, there was Dane DeHaan as James Dean, and now Ron Livingston is taking on the role of Elvis Presley for The Shangri-La Suite. And he's not doing the most glam version of the King, he's doing what's colloquially referred to as "fat Elvis." The movie is about a man (Luke Grimes) who sets out to kill Elvis in 1974 (when he was at the height of his Las Vegas fame), and Ashley Greene - whom you can also see here - plays Priscilla Presley. These are must-see pictures, people. View Slideshow › »
- Shannon Vestal
Rock 'n' role! Elvis conspirators, that's not the King… it's Ron Livingston. The Office Space star was photographed on the Studio City, Calif. set of The Shangri-La Suite on Thursday, Mar. 6 -- morphing into Elvis Presley in a speedo and bathrobe for the upcoming indie flick. To summon Presley during his heftier, later years, Livingston, 46, appears to have gained weight for his role in the pseudo-biopic. While on set Thursday, the Boardwalk Empire actor sported Presley's famous sideburns and shades while walking around with an [...] »
Director: Joe Swanberg
Running Time: 90 minutes
I do believe that as you get older, you see some movies in a completely different light every now and then. The likes of This Is 40 is relatable once you know people in their situation and Drinking Buddies falls into that late twenties category, when you’re still figuring out what you should ‘really’ be doing…in every sense. Writer and Director Joe Swanberg (V/H/S, You’Re Next) has created an impressive personal project that explores different relationships with a strong ensemble cast.
Drinking Buddies focuses around the relationship of Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) who are co-workers at an awesome micro-brewery. At work they have a flirty relationship with days spent drinking or poking fun at each other and – in some ways – feel like they should »
- Dan Bullock
Exclusive: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20-year-olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Update: "The Conjuring" stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are set to reprise their lead roles in an as-yet-untitled sequel which will come to life October 23, 2015, just in time for Halloween. The two stars closed deals this week to once again play paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren in the sequel, according to Variety. The newly-revealed release date places it one week after Guillermo Del Toro's haunted house movie "Crimson Peak" (starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain) hits theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. Curiously, Friday, October 30 appears to be vacant, although both James Bond 24 and the animated "Peanuts" are tentatively set for November 6 of that year. Directed by James Wan ("Insidious"), "The Conjuring" starred Farmiga, Wilson, Lily Taylor and Ron Livingston. The modestly-budgeted film opened in July, 2013 and scared up a surprisingly massive $318 million worldwide. New Line's Toby Emmerich stated that Wan is expected to be involved somehow the sequel, »
- HitFix Staff
The yet-to-be titled sequel, which does not have a director yet, is the first title to land on the date.
New Line had already begun development of a sequel before the movie opened last July. Chief exec Toby Emmerich told Variety in December that “Conjuring 2” would tap a similar vein as the first film, which largely avoided conventional horror film ploy while exploring demonic possession.
“‘The Conjuring’ is incredibly effective and scary without the use of blood, gore and death,” he said at time. “It’s a horror film that emphasizes atmosphere and suspense in the tradition of classics like ‘Psycho’ or ‘The Others. »
- Dave McNary
After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano. As if that’s not enough, the 29-year-old is back, this time playing identical twin sisters in “The Pretty One.” First-time writer/director Jenée Lamarque’s quirky film also stars Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space,” “Swingers”), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), but the film centers around Kazan’s layered performance as Laurel and Audrey, sisters whose similarity stops at genetics. Laurel is an eccentric wallflower who has never blossomed; she lives at home, cares »
- Kristin McCracken
Director: Josh Mond
Writer: Josh Mond
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Continually proving that three heads are better than one, what we’ll soon learn with Josh Mond’s feature debut is that the Borderline trio might be like-minded in philosophy, but naturally, are completely different in approach. Employing a curious cast, James White might prove to be more visually and emotionally more daring than the work of his closest peers in Campos and Durkin.
Gist: This coming-of-ager is about a troubled young man (Abbott) in the midst of momentous family challenges.
Release Date: Shooting began towards the end of 2013, so this rushed this could be ready for Cannes but would likely be a perfect fit for Venice and Nyff.
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- Eric Lavallee
I know people who, 15 years later, still can't watch "Office Space" because the satire of white-collar drudgery -- a mix of boredom, resentment, and fear of always imminent layoffs -- hits just too close to home. Sure, the comedy has been a cult favorite since its release 15 years ago this week (on February 19, 1999), but for all its cartoonish excess, there are way too many mundane-yet-absurd details of corporate life that the movie gets painfully right.
"Office Space" helped make a minor star out of Ron Livingston and launched the feature filmmaking career of "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill" animator Mike Judge. It also featured a cast of comic MVPs, some of whom have gone on to greater glory, and others of whom are still awaiting their promotions. So, please read on to learn what became of the cast of "Office Space"... but not until you've finished those Tps reports. »
- Gary Susman
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jenée Lamarque, The Pretty One tells the story of what happens when Laurel (Zoe Kazan) loses her identical twin sister Audrey (also played by Zoe Kazan) in a fatal car accident and must learn how to break out of her shell and discover who she is, as an individual. The film also stars Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and John Carroll Lynch. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Zoe Kazan talked about what made her want to play these dual roles, why she wanted to work with writer/director Jenée Lamarque, how it felt like she was, at time, playing four different characters with the various gradations, which twin she was more drawn to playing, and how technically difficult it all was. She also talked about getting to work with the writing of Joss Whedon on the film In Your Eyes, and »
- Christina Radish
Laurel (Zoe Kazan) is an awkward twentysomething who never quite found her wings after high school graduation. She was never popular, heck she never really had any friends. Laurel was practically invisible, especially in comparison to her identical twin sister, Audrey (Zoe Kazan). While Laurel has stayed at home to take care of their father (John Carroll Lynch), Audrey has blossomed into a full-fledged butterfly. Audrey works as a real estate agent, owns a duplex and is dating an older man (Ron Livingston). Approaching the world with unbridled confidence and vigor, Audrey is living the American dream. »
- Don Simpson
In the film, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) does double duty as twin sisters. When one passes away, the other assumes her twin’s identity and falls in love with her sister’s boyfriend (Johnson). “Zoe Kazan does an amazing job in that movie,” says Johnson. “I think she’s such a phenomenal actress and just kills it.”
For anyone put off by the stranger-than-fiction plotline, Johnson qualifies, »
- Lanford Beard
Title: The Pretty One Director: Jenée Lamarque Starring: Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, John Carroll Lynch, Sterling Beaumon, Ron Livingston. In an elaborate performance act, Tribeca Film Festival award winner Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of the great Elia Kazan, portrays a duelling mixture of loss and awakening, interpreting sister twins Laurel and Audrey, who are physically impossible to tell apart, but have very distinguished personalities. Audrey has all of the qualities that her identical twin sister Laurel wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. Alternately, Laurel, sweet but painfully awkward, feels stuck in her life, still living at home, coddling their father and obsessed with the boy next door, for whom she used [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Guys With Kids actor Anthony Anderson and Tomorrow People actress Peyton List have been cast in the indie Supreme Ruler. Marking the feature directorial debut of Duane Edwards, Supreme Ruler also will star Ron Livingston, Natalie Zea, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Geraghty. The story follows a small-town man (Livingston) who dreams of becoming "Supreme Ruler" of his local Buffalo Lodge, but is challenged by a hard-drinking womanizer (D'Onofrio). The two adversaries are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organization's national leaders. Story: 'Following' Actress
- Rebecca Ford
If you’ve got some time to kill today, then head over to Grantland, where writers Alex French and Howie Kahn have compiled an extensive oral history of the 1996 indie gem Swingers. (Seriously, it’s like 12,000 words, so jump into the nostalgia rabbit hole at your peril.) The big names — director Doug Liman and writer-star Jon Favreau, as well as Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston — are all there, but so are a few notable randoms, including Adam Scott, who holds the distinction of having been Favreau’s downstairs neighbor at the time, and Mike White, who helps discuss the memorable house-party scene as a good example of how low budget the production was.As producer Nicole Laloggia explains, the party took place at the home of some friends who lived in the Hollywood Hills. “We asked them if they would throw a party that we could film but not tell »
- Anna Silman
SAG Awards 2014 winners: Lupita Nyong’o surprises, shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn’t (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o in ’12 Years a Slave’) The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees. Most of the winners — including those in the television categories — were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there »
- Steve Montgomery
Last Spring I had the pleasure of seeing The Pretty One starring Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson & Ron Livingston. It is a very funny quirky little comedy that ended up being one of my favorite films at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. It is finally coming out on February 7th and the first trailer has just been released. While the trailer give a little too much away, it does feature my favorite moment of any trailer this year.
Yep, that is my quote that pops up singing the praises of the always charming Jake Johnson. I stand by it and I will go one further by saying the film is also charming as hell. Check out the trailer below & look for it when it hits a theater near you.
Jerry Cavallaro – @GetStuck – www.JerryCavallaro.com
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- Jerry Cavallaro
"I just don't really feel like myself..." Put two up-and-coming young actors together, toss Ron Livingston into the mix, with a comedic plot about loss and mistaken identity, and this is what you get. The trailer for The Pretty One (not to be confused with indie horror The Quiet Ones) has debuted online, featuring Zoe Kazan (seen in Ruby Sparks, The F Word) and Jake Johnson (seen in Safety Not Guaranteed, Drinking Buddies, "New Girl") as the two leads. I'm surprised that they turned a rather morbid plot into something so quirky, but it looks like it might be okay, at the least to see these two talented actors playing off each other. Here's the first official trailer for Jenée Lamarque's The Pretty One, found via SlashFilm: The Pretty One is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. »
- Alex Billington
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