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Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016
We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?
My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.
She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »
Including bonus features such as interviews with the cast and crew and a tour of the film's locations, the Blu-ray of Brad Anderson's Session 9 will debut on August 16th courtesy of Scream Factory. Also: a trailer and poster for Romeo's Distress and a look at Scream Queen Stream's parody of the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
Session 9 Blu-ray Release Details: Press Release: "Fear is a place… A “deft exercise in atmospheric horror” (L.A. Weekly) that takes place in an abandoned mental hospital, Session 9 makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy Scream Factory on August 16th, 2016. This release comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews with cast and crew, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a new revisiting of the locations of the film.
It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing... abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, »
- Tamika Jones
Scream Factory celebrates over three decades of Dan O'Bannon's graveyard bash at this year's Comic-Con with a special Return of the Living Dead autograph signing, and their annual "Inside Look" panel will feature the eagerly anticipated announcements of future releases
Taking place at Shout! Factory's booth (#4118) on Friday, July 22nd, The Return of the Living Dead autograph signing will feature cast members Thom Mathews (Freddy) and John Philbin (Chuck), as well as Sean Clark, who hosted a new episode of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the beloved horror comedy.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory" panel, meanwhile, will be held in Room 29Ab at 8:00pm. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, »
- Derek Anderson
30 years ago today, audiences were treated again to the utterly watchable pair of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid, Part II opened in theaters on June 20, 1986. In the sequel, released two years after the original film, Daniel’s wax on, wax off early training days are behind him, and he’s impressively slicing through six blocks of ice. The boy and his mentor travel together to Mr. Miyagi’s home village in Okinawa, Japan. Sparks fly between Daniel and Kumiko, the niece of Mr. Miyagi’s childhood girlfriend, to the synthesizer-tastic tune of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera. The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 later that summer and got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Other notable June 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1948: The Ed Sullivan Show — then titled Toast of the Town — premiered on CBS. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed in that first episode, »
- Emily Rome
Earlier, we reported NBC has cancelled The Mysteries of Laura after two seasons. Now, the cast and crew from the NBC series have reacted to the news on Twitter.
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The second season of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura ended with a cliffhanger, as Detective Laura Diamond (Debra Messing), still in love with her ex-husband Jake (Josh Lucas), rushed to stop his proposal to his new girlfriend Jen (Jenna Fischer) but arriving a minute too late, with Jen already wearing the engagement ring. Hours after the show’s cancellation by NBC, here is series showrunner Jeff Rake’s account on what happens next, and what Season 2 of The Mysteries of Laura… »
Laura Diamond has solved her last mystery, the mystery of will there be a third season. The Mysteries of Laura has been canceled by NBC. Debra Messing starred as the titular detective, a New York City cop balancing work and home life as best she can. "My dear Diamonds- our story has ended but it was a joyous story to tell. We are all so grateful to you for your love. #DiamondsForever," she tweeted with heart, lips and diamond emojis. The show also starred Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins and Meg Steedle. Executive producers included Jeff Rake, McG and Greg Berlanti and it was based on a Spanish series, Los Misterios de Laura. Season two, which wrapped in March, was only 16 »
NBC has made a decision on their final bubble show: “Mysteries of Laura” has been cancelled after two seasons.
“Mysteries of Laura” had a solid season on Wednesdays for NBC this season, averaging a 1.5 rating and 8.8 million viewers overall — down just about 5% from its first season and providing a solid lead-in to “Law & Order: Svu.”
Messing stars alongside Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar and Max Jenkins. Jeff Rake, McG, Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter are exec producers with Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Kapital Entertainment behind the series.
Last year, “Mysteries of Laura” was also on the bubble, before landing a second season renewal.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Surviving the turmoil that often arises when several generations of a family live together often leads people to think they truly know their relatives. But no matter how close in proximity parents and their children live to each other, they often don’t genuinely understand each other’s sentiments and motivations until they embark on an emotional journey together. That’s certainly the case in the new comedy-drama, ‘Youth In Oregon,’ which was written by Andrew Eisen. Actor Joel David Moore made his solo feature directorial debut on the movie, which had its world premiere during the Spotlight Section during last month’s Tribeca Film Festival. ‘Youth In Oregon’ follows Raymond Engersoll (Frank Langella), [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Adding even more firepower to its international sales slate ahead of Cannes, Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to “Pistorius” – a documentary feature about the inspiring, Olympic hero turned convicted murderer, Oscar Pistorius.
At the 2012 Olympics, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius (aka ‘The Blade Runner’) made history by becoming the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. He was one of the world’s most successful sportsmen, and an inspiration to millions.
Not even a year later, »
- Melissa Thompson
Session 9 is admired by many horror fans for its palpable sense of paranoia, spot-on performances, claustrophobic setting, and downright eerie atmosphere.
Bonus features are currently being worked on, and although they haven’t been revealed yet, we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers posted on any updates regarding this anticipated release. Below, we have Scream Factory’s official announcement and a look at the Blu-ray cover art:
From Scream Factory: “Our “Summer of Fear” line-up continues to grow with the announce of Session 9! Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) this underrated 2001 chiller will be coming to Blu-ray for »
- Derek Anderson
The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama Dear Eleanor which stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Liana Liberato, Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Check it out below…
Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Dear Eleanor is set for release on July 5th.
- Amie Cranswick
What happens when your father decides that it’s time to end it all, that he’s tired of causing you and your family so much grief and pain, that he himself is tired of suffering and just wants, well, to die?
The implications of Youth in Oregon is far greater than what’s seen on screen.
Written by first time writer Andrew Eisen, the film brings us on a poignantly sadistic journey as we see Raymond Engersol (played by Frank Langella) suffering from some unknown illness as he tries to convince his daughter Kate Gleason (Christina Applegate) and son-in-law Brian (Billy Crudup) that they should let him commit assisted suicide, or euthanasia, in Oregon.
Well that’s a mouthful. While director Joel David Moore has been acting since the late ’90s and has racked up an impressive resume of films and series, this is his second directorial feature, but it’s hard to tell. »
- Catherina Gioino
Deadline’s studio at the Tribeca Film Festival, hosted by the Lincoln Motor Company, wrapped up five talent-filled days at the NYC fest with visits by Josh Lucas and Christina Applegate (Youth In Oregon), Emile Hirsch (Between Us), Richard Branson (Don’t Look Down) and many more. Photographer Mark Mann is behind the lens for our series of photo sessions and video interviews. Take a look, and follow Deadline for more photos and video interviews from Tribeca. Photographs by… »
Youth In Oregon tells the story of Raymond Engersoll (Frank Langella), a former doctor who lives with his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) in the home of their daughter Kate Gleason (Christina Applegate) and her family. On the day of his eightieth birthday, Raymond receives the news that he will have to undergo another heart operation, one from which he’s unlikely to emerge, but without the operation, he will certainly die.
So, Raymond makes a decision: he’ll go back to his home in Oregon, where he can commit legal suicide with the assistance of a doctor. He doesn’t tell his family about the prognosis, but simply announces to them that he’s tired of living and has made arrangements. Circumstances collide so that Kate’s long-suffering husband Brian (Billy Crudup) ends up volunteering to drive Raymond and Estelle from New York to Oregon, under the mistaken belief »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Rarely has euthanasia seemed more desirable than it’s made to appear in “Youth in Oregon,” a torturous saga about a man dying of an incurable heart condition who sets out on a cross-country journey to Oregon, where killing oneself is legal. Maudlin and mannered, this contrived indie squanders another fine late-career performance from Frank Langella, dousing its treatment of the subject in affectations until it’s snuffed out any trace of genuine life. While it fits comfortably into the fragmented-family drama subgenre prized each year at the Tribeca Film Festival, its groan-worthiness is apt to get it buried at the box office.
In his standalone behind-the-camera debut (he co-directed 2007’s “Spiral” with frequent “Hachett” collaborator Adam Green), Joel David Moore stages “Youth in Oregon” like an excuse to try out every potential directorial trick he can imagine. An endless array of lens flares, fuzzy-cornered close-ups, mirror-reflected portraits and overly »
- Nick Schager
Set in a semi-dystopian society polarized by drastic economic disparity, “Timon of Athens” follows the story of a modern day Gatsby, a self-made-man-turned-social-icon, whose misguided generosity leaves him hunted by the government and a symbol of the revolt against society’s elite so quick to abandon him.
“This is a project that’s been ticking in my head for almost a decade,” said Moore. “I studied the play in college, saw it at the Globe in London and fell in love with its stark social commentary. It’s a perfect tale for modern adaptation, and I’m excited to be the first to bring Timon to the big screen.”
This marks the second time Sundial and Moore have »
- Justin Kroll
While Hollywood is loudly warring over Screening Room, another viewing revolution that promises to benefit indie cinema in particular has just arrived — Flix Premiere, which was launched April 4 in the U.K. and the U.S. by film producer and tech entrepreneur Martin Warner, will add more territories this summer.
Calling the service “a digital cineplex online and on-demand, where cinema meets the distributor,” Warner says that by combining “curated theatrical releases” with on-demand availability where viewers “pay per film, not with monthly subscriptions,” moviegoers will have “a single, simple destination where they can discover great new and old movies, especially indies.”
Warner notes that traditional theatrical distribution and programming models “are set up for blockbusters and primetime slots — and that’ll never change. And all the indies have, by comparison, very little marketing and placement. So we saw this as a great opportunity to try something new,
using the »
- Iain Blair
One of the last memories Jungle Book director Jon Favreau has of Garry Shandling was the pride he took in his work. Shandling, who died on March 24 after collapsing while calling 911 for help, has a small role in the new star-studded Disney film - appearing as an amusing porcupine. It was one of the beloved comedian's final roles. "Of course I was there when he was recording," Favreau told People Thursday at the Disney and Samsung screening of The Jungle Book in New York City. "He was not just a wonderful performer, but he was always the person I would »
- Jeffrey Slonim, @jeffreyjslo
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