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Elizabeth Cantillon Developing Series Based on Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone”

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Producer Elizabeth Cantillon is working on another series. Just a few weeks after news broke about her collaboration with Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, and Amy Pascal on Hulu’s “La Woman,” Deadline reports that Cantillon is developing a show based on Souad Mekhennet’s bestselling memoir “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” Published in June, the book traces Mekhennet’s experiences as a German-born Muslim journalist reporting on jihadists throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The potential drama series would center on the character Mekhennet “as she pursues Jihadi leaders around the globe, putting her own life on the line to expose the complicated truths behind the War on Terror,” the source details. “While she explores the devastating effects of terrorism, she also finds humor and levity in the most harrowing of moments.”

Cantillon is producing with Brillstein Entertainment PartnersMissy Malkin and Jon Liebman. Laura Quicksilver is overseeing the project for The Cantillon Company.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the Claire Foy-starrer based on David Lagercrantz’s Lisbeth Salander novel, and Michelle MacLaren’s WWII-era drama “The Nightingale” are among Cantillon’s upcoming projects. Her previous credits include “The Banger Sisters” and “Concussion.”

Mekhennet currently works as a national security correspondent for The Washington Post. The Chicago Journalists Association will honor Mekhennet’s contributions to journalism with the 2017 Daniel Pearl Award at its annual dinner on Friday.

Elizabeth Cantillon Developing Series Based on Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Kathy Griffin Is ‘Not Sorry’ for Infamous Trump Photo: ‘I Knew What I Was Doing’

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Kathy Griffin Is ‘Not Sorry’ for Infamous Trump Photo: ‘I Knew What I Was Doing’
Kathy Griffin is not sorry for her infamous photo with a mask of Donald Trump’s bloodied head.

The 57-year-old comedian opened up about the controversy to BBC World News program HardTalk in an interview airing Wednesday.

“I’m not sorry. I take the apology back 1,000 percent,” Griffin said. “The reason I made the apology is when the image went out, I thought people would just think, ‘That’s Kathy doing another shocking image.’ I’ve done many throughout my entire career, and I’ve done many shocking things. When I won my first Emmy I said, ‘Suck it, Jesus,
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: how low-budget filmmaking created a classic

Ryan Lambie Nov 2, 2017

Far from a curse, Tobe Hooper's tiny budget made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a timeless horror classic...

In the summer of 1973, the cast and crew of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were suffering through what was, by most accounts, a thoroughly miserable shoot. The heat and humidity were almost unbearable; the interior location where much of the film's third act took place, an old farmhouse outside Round Rock, was dressed with animal bones and blood, which had begun to stink in the broiling Texas air. The stench was so bad that some crewmembers were throwing up outside between takes.

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Directed by Tobe Hooper, then a largely unknown 20-something filmmaker from Austin, the film's painfully low budget only added to the misery. Funds didn't stretch to a wardrobe of multiple costumes, so the cast
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Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta

Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta
After a decade-long first innings where he switched between mainstream Bollywood and independent cinema, Indian filmmaker Hansal Mehta took a four-year hiatus and returned with the multiple-award winning indie hit “Shahid” (2012), starring Rajkummar Rao. “Aligarh” (2015), starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rao, won acclaim in Busan and around the world. Following its world premiere at Toronto, Mehta returns to Busan with the Asian premiere of Rao-starrer “Omerta,” a film about British-born, Pakistani terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

What made you choose the Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh story?

There are uneasy truths that we usually try not to confront. Omar’s story is one such truth. Governments believe that by bombing entire cities and destroying countries they will end radicalism. Instead we need to focus on individuals like him – educated, wealthy and completely radicalized. I see “Omerta” as a companion piece to my earlier film “Shahid.” Both examine
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’
Hansal Mehta’s latest feature dramatizes the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a notorious real-life terrorist long behind bars — which hasn’t stopped him from being involved in various attacks, purportedly including 9/11. The compelling “Omertà,” whose title is an Italian term for a criminal code of honor that encompasses absolute non-cooperation with legal authorities, cobbles together speculation with what is known about the many-alias’d Saeed, a 43-year-old British national of Pakistani heritage who has been at the forefront of fundamentalist Islamic terror for nearly a quarter-century.

At the end of this slickly mounted film, there’s no lack of questions still dangling nor hoped-for insights that fail to arrive. Nonetheless, while you’re watching it, Mehta’s freely imagined biopic provides a fascinating Rorschach of a figure who is, unfortunately, truly a man for our times.

Scrambling chronology, Mehta and co-scenarist Mukul Dev lead off with an incident sure to grab Western viewers’ attention: In
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Mom & Dad’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Mom & Dad’
“We love you but sometimes we just want to kill you” is a thought that crosses nearly every frazzled parents’ mind sooner or later. That figurative sentiment is taken all too literally in “Mom & Dad,” which finds the gonzo sensibility that writer-director Brian Taylor applied most usefully to the “Crank” action movies working at least as well in comedic horror. Though sure to be distasteful for some viewers even to ponder, this giddy exercise transcends mere bad-taste humor to become one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia, destined for the same cult-classic status accorded “The Stepford Wives,” “Parents” and “Heathers.”

After a particularly good example of the 1970s genre pic homage that has infiltrated so many movies’ opening credits of late, we settle into discordant ordinary life on a seemingly ordinary day on a generic middle-class cul-de-sac in Whateversburg, USA (the movie was shot in Kentucky). Our protagonists are likewise very ordinary, if
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Q&A with Gehenna: Where Death Lives Director Hiroshi Katagiri & Executive Producer Saik Meng Kee

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Even the most beautiful and exotic locations can be home to the most hellish horrors on Earth. That's what a real estate team discovers the hard way when they descend into a World War II bunker in Gehenna: Where Death Lives, and with the new horror film enjoying a well-received film festival run, we caught up with director Hiroshi Katagiri and executive producer Saik Meng Kee for our latest Q&A feature to discuss funding the movie on Kickstarter, working with the legendary Lance Henriksen and Doug Jones, and a chance encounter with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre cinematographer Daniel Pearl during filming on the island of Tinian.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Hiroshi, and congratulations on your new film, Gehenna: Where Death Lives. How and when did you come up with the idea for the movie?

Hiroshi Katagiri: I came up with
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A Tribute to Tobe Hooper, Whose ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Was, and Is, the Horror Film of Its Time

A Tribute to Tobe Hooper, Whose ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Was, and Is, the Horror Film of Its Time
The director Tobe Hooper, who died Saturday at 74, will always be remembered for one spectacularly terrifying low-budget horror film, and that’s because it happens to be one of the most uncanny movies ever made. When “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” appeared on the landscape in 1974, the film instantly became famous; though relatively few people saw it, just hearing that title made you feel like you had. The film’s very existence was designed to give you a shudder.

Yet for those who did venture out to experience it (those numbers grew impressively as time went on), “Texas Chain Saw” turned out to be something nearly unimaginable: a haunting and indelible dream of terror in the form of a meat-hook exploitation film. It was the wildest nightmare that the movies had ever seen, all built around the image of Leatherface, a mentally disabled grunting mute psycho wearing a mask of human skin that he never took off
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Exclusive Interview: Alex Quade discusses her new film Danger Zone

Kieran Fisher chats with Alex Quade about her new film, Danger Close

Alex Quade is an award-winning journalist and war correspondent renowned in the United States for her work with the troops. Known for thrusting herself into the chaos of the war zone, her new documentary, Danger Close, follows Alex as accompanies a highly-trained group of soldiers as they embark on classified missions in the most dangerous corners of the globe.

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The third installment in Strong Eagle Media’s “Heroes of Valor” series – which focuses on producing inspirational military stories – Danger Close should be of interest to anyone who’s even remotely interested in war documentaries. Regardless of personal opinion and politics pertaining to the conflict in question, it’s a fascinating portrayal of daily life on the front line, and if you’re even remotely keen on gaining some insight into
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CNN’s Kayleigh McEnany Apologizes for False Obama Slam

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CNN’s Kayleigh McEnany Apologizes for False Obama Slam
CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany apologized on Twitter Tuesday for falsely claiming that President Barack Obama “rushed off to a golf game” after the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Terrorists in Pakistan beheaded Pearl, who worked for the Wall Street Journal, in 2002. Obama was a state senator in Illinois at the time. “You have President Obama, who after the, I believe it was the beheading of Daniel Pearl, spoke to how upset he was about that, then rushed off to a golf game,” McEnany said during a CNN appearance on Monday. “I think when we’re in a state of war,
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Rajkummar Rao To Play Terrorist Omar Sheikh In Hansal Mehta’s ‘Omerta’

  • Bollyspice
Actor Rajkummar Rao, who has proved his versatility with diverse roles in films like Shahid, Queen, Love Sex Our Dhokha (LSD), Aligarh and Trapped, which was screened at Mami, comes across as a meek and mild-mannered person, which is why this piece of news will make you sit up and take notice.

Rao, who had teamed up with Hansal Mehta for Shahid, Citylights and Aligarh, will play a radicalised Britisher of Pakistani origin Omar Sheikh (infamous for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl) in Mehta’s upcoming film Omerta.

In an interview to a leading daily, Mehta said, “This film is based on the said international fugitive, who was involved in Pearl’s murder, and it covers a host of terrorist activities (including 26/11) seen through the eyes of this person, who was at the centre of it all. After watching ‘A Mighty Heart’ (2007), I wanted to know more about
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‘Foreign Lovers’ Captures the Aftermath of a Fateful NYC Encounter

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‘Foreign Lovers’ Captures the Aftermath of a Fateful NYC Encounter
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Foreign Lovers

Logline: A lonely New Yorker serendipitously meets a mysterious foreigner and sparks ignite.

Elevator Pitch:

“Foreign Lovers” is a passion project inspired by true events. An Lgbt romantic dramedy where two strangers from different parts of the world serendipitously collide and share an organic connection. Sparks ensue and inspire changes within. Along the way we meet a palette of wild characters that you only encounter in New York. A colorful dreamlike meditation on love and life in the digital world.

Production Team:

Timothy Ryan Hickernell – Writer/Director/Actor (“Till We Meet Again” and the upcoming Indian feature “Omerta,
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Contest: Win The Boy Blu-ray Prize Pack

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Boy on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand beginning May 10th, and we’ve been provided with two Blu-ray prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive:

(1) Blu-ray / Digtial HD combo pack copy of The Boy. (1) The Boy T-shirt (1) The Boy candle

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Boy Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Press Release: “Universal City, California, March 9, 2016 – A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying
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Film Review: ‘The Boy’

Film Review: ‘The Boy’
While it’s arguable that their performances are not quite Oscar-caliber, the lead players in “The Boy” nonetheless merit kudos of some sort simply for maintaining straight faces while muddling through the absurdities of this tepid horror opus. Despite the assiduous grinding of plot mechanics by William Brent Bell (“The Devil Inside”) and scripter Stacey Menear, the movie never fully distracts its audience from the inherent silliness of its premise — a young woman is hired by an elderly couple as a nanny for a life-sized doll — and, as a result, is more likely to elicit laughs and rude remarks rather than screams and rooting interest. Still, a respectable opening-weekend gross is possible, given the current lack of similar product in the megaplex marketplace.

Lauren Cohan of TV’s “The Walking Dead” stars as Greta, an American who opts to get far away from an abusive boyfriend by traveling all the
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Q&A: Director Kansas Bowling Discusses Her Prehistoric Slasher Film B.C. Butcher

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When you think of a slasher film, images of summer camp and college campuses might dance in your head, but in her first feature film, B.C. Butcher, Kansas Bowling uniquely sets a slasher story in prehistoric times. With Troma set to release B.C. Butcher next year, we caught up with Kansas to discuss making her first movie at the age of seventeen, shooting on 16mm, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Kansas. Your debut feature film, B.C. Butcher, is a slasher movie set in the prehistoric era. How did you come up with this unique plot?

Kansas Bowling: Thank you so much for showing interest in my film! My friend Kenzie Givens and I came up with the idea when we were in high school. I was 15. It seemed like something easy to do on a tiny budget and it was something that had never been done before!
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200 Greatest Horror Films (Top 10)

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10. Alien

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by Dan O’Bannon

UK / USA, 1979

Genre: Sci-Fi Horror

Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film
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2015 MTV Video Music Awards Winners and Nominees - Complete list

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards Winners and Nominees - Complete list
The 2015 Video Music Awards were handed out Sunday, August 30, 2015 in downtown Los Angeles. The complete list of nominees and winners are as follows: Video Of The Year Beyoncé – “7/11” Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” - Winner Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Best Male Video Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” - Winner Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” The Weeknd – “Earned It” Nick Jonas – “Chains” Best Female Video Beyoncé – “7/11” Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” - Winner Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” Sia – “Elastic HeartEllie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do” Best Hip Hop Video Fetty Wap – “Trap QueenNicki Minaj – “Anaconda” - Winner Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You AgainBig Sean ft. E-40 – “Idfwu” Best Pop Video Beyoncé – “7/11” Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” - Winner Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
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These Are the 2015 MTV Vma Nominees

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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday night, so it's time to pore over the nominations again. The ceremony will be presided over by host Miley Cyrus, and the nominee list is littered with names like Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, and Wiz Khalifa. With videos like "Bad Blood" and "7/11" out in the past year, it should be a tight race. Take a look at all the nominees below, and watch all the nominated videos now. Video Of The Year Beyoncé - "7/11" Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud" Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk" Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"   Best Male Video Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud" Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk" Kendrick Lamar - "Alright" The Weeknd - "Earned It" Nick Jonas - "Chains"   Best Female Video Beyoncé - "7/11" Taylor Swift
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2015 MTV VMAs: Complete list of nominations

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2015 MTV VMAs: Complete list of nominations
Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran lead the pack of 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, with 10, six and five nods each, respectively. The former's summer hit "Bad Blood" (featuring another top nominee, Kendrick Lamar) and stylish vid "Blank Space -- both off of her best-selling 2014 album "1989" -- racked up noms in categories from Video Of The Year to Best Collaboration to professional category honors. Other nominees in the top Video Of The Year spot including Beyonce, Sheeran, Lamar and Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars. The VMAs take place on Aug. 30, with host Miley Cyrus. Check out the full list of 2015 MTV VMAs nominations below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé – “7/11” Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad BloodMark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Best Male Video Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” The
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MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Reign Supreme

MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Reign Supreme
Fewer than 24 hours after Miley Cyrus revealed herself to be the host of this year’s show (Aug. 30, 9/8c), MTV has rolled out the full list of 2015 MTV Video Music Award nominees — and you’ll never guess who’s leading the pack.

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Just kidding, you’d totally guess: It’s Taylor Swift, whose nine nominations are split between her “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space” videos. Ed Sheeran‘s the second most decorated nominee with six nods for “Thinking Out Loud” and “Don’t.” And then there’s Beyoncé; her five nominations, all for “7/11,” put her in third.
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