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Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."
Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir, »
- Gina Carbone
Kiefer Sutherland knows better than to assume he's done with 24. "I've said that twice and have been wrong, so I won't say that again," he tells Rolling Stone. The actor, who recently launched a country-music career, has signed on as a producer for 24: Legacy – a new show in the same universe that stars Web Therapy's Dan Bucatinsky and Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins, among others – and has not ruled out reprising his Jack Bauer character. Shooting will begin imminently.
"It's a phenomenal script," he says of the new series. »
Stars: Kal Penn, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Miranda Rae Mayo, Corey Schmitt, Oliver Seitz, Autumn Kendrick, Eva Bourne, Katharine Isabelle | Written by Nick Simon, Osgood Perkins, Robert Morast | Directed by Nick Simon
When Wes Craven passed away back in August of last year, The Girl in the Photographs instantly went from a film that had been flying under the radars of horror fans to one that was both immediately bittersweet as well as hotly-anticipated. Craven, shortly before his passing, executive produced the independent effort, and it will forever be the final film to bear his name. A sobering and depressing thought, regardless of the movie’s quality – which is of course what we’re here to talk about today.
- John Squires
Poor Janet (Katharine Isabelle). She’s just finished seeing a bad movie with a friend, but before she gets the chance to wash the cinematic stank from her eyes she’s attacked and abducted by a beer-bellied psychopath in a mask. She’s killed and disposed of but not before a photo of her lifeless body is taken for posterity. Well, posterity and for the purpose of taunting a local checkout girl named Colleen (Claudia Lee). It’s not the first picture she finds, and it won’t be the last, but without proof of an actual crime the sheriff (Mitch Pileggi) tell her there’s nothing they can do. He surmises it’s little more than a prank, and we’d probably wonder if his theory was correct if it weren’t for the fact that we’d already been shown the two killers in action. But The Girl in the Photographs is a not a »
- Rob Hunter
Teaching kids the value of helping others and introducing them to organizations that work to make everyone’s lives better is the focus of the live-action/animation hybrid “Mack & Moxy,” a new series geared for 3- to 7-year-olds and set to premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday. And the team behind the show, Brahm Wenger and Alan Green, don’t stop there. They allow the organizations featured in each episode free use of the intellectual property in their ongoing campaigns.
“We give free use of all of our intellectual property to all of our non-profit partners forever,” says Wenger, a composer known for his work in the “Air Bud” franchise of family films. For example, one episode this season features the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial this year. “National Parks asked us to brand a new theme song and a new mascot for them, and we did it in our show, »
- Terry Flores
I don’t like speaking ill of the dead, especially icons who’ve defined an entire genre, but name-dropping is a marketing tactic best left for the living. Director Nick Simon’s newest feature film is titled The Girl In The Photographs and I honestly believe I see Wes Craven’s name pop up in connection with this film more than Simon’s. Naturally, with Craven having passed in August of 2015, he’s likely to have had little [if anything] to do with the marketing of this movie, but it would certainly seem like he’s calling the shots from the gave.
Sadly, The Girl In The Photographs is not the shining example of groundbreaking genre filmmaking for which the legendary master posthumously deserves credit. For a man so synonymous with influencing the slasher horror genre, the executive producer credit should have been given more of a backseat while the “For Wes »
- Travis Keune
Bacon will play Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge of the investigation who was one of the law-enforcement figures during the manhunt for the bombers. John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy O. Yang, Vince Curatola and James Colby also star in the film which opens December 21st. [Source: Deadline]
The story tells of a schoolteacher (Parsons) who abruptly discovers he's got witchlike powers. A coven of real witches takes him in, promptly sending him to 'witch school,' where he is the lone adult, surrounded by little girl witches-in-training. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
The Ashram is an English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of yogis in the Himalayas.
The story centres on a sceptical American who travels to the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his disappeared girlfriend and discovers a secretive community led by a guru who may or may not be involved in her disappearance.
The film is scheduled to shoot from March 31-May 18 in Manali, India. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The story centers on an American skeptic who receives a cryptic message and travels to the Indian Himalayas to find his disappeared girlfriend. He discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance, and learns that the mountain could contain the secrets of reincarnation and a portal to another dimension.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: From The Lunchbox and Gangs Of Wasseypur producer Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, The Ashram is an English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of Himalayan yogis. Production is just starting on the project, which has been kept under wraps in northern India. Ben Rekhi is directing Sam Keeley (Burnt, In the Heart of the Sea), who stars alongside Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci's Demons), and India’s Radhika Apte (Badlapu… »
Nick Simon‘s The Girl in the Photographs seems to be a story reverse-engineered from its final image — which, for a low-budget horror film, is an effective one. No spoilers here, and it wouldn’t matter if there were. By that point, it’s too little and far too late to redeem the film after we’ve been subjected to recycled horror tropes, which predictably clunk their way toward an unsettling final moment. Perhaps this should have been a short and not a ponderous, forgettable feature. In a sense, it’s a horror picture for the selfie generation — fitting, as the narrative is utterly vapid and shallow.
Colleen (Claudia Lee), a South Dakota waitress, begins finding posed photographs of murdered women left at the coffee shop where she works, uncertain if they’re real or staged. They indeed are: the photographers are a pair of deranged backwoods boys who lock »
- Tony Hinds
Plus: Lonsgate, Kevin Hart partner on Ott platform; FilmRise acquires Harry & Snowman; and more
FilmRise has acquired exclusive worldwide rights from Concourse Media to Ron Davis’ horse-jumping documentary, Harry & Snowman. The film will receive a theatrical release in September.Grasshopper Film has acquired all Us rights from Assemblage Films to Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, the documentary from Laura Israel about the life and work of the influential artist. The film will open on July 13 at New York’s Film Forum.Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Kevin Hart and his Hartbeat Digital to launch Ott platform Laugh Out Loud and create a social adventure mobile tablet game. One of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”), William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, T.I., Kathy Bates and John Leguizamo are starring in the independent dramedy “Krystal” with Macy directing.
Great Point Media is producing with principal photography starting in April in Atlanta. The film is being produced by “Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and Dan Keston, who have been developing the project since 2002.
Winter initially brought the project to Macy for him to star in back in 2005. Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve are executive producers and the film is being fully financed and produced in association with Great Point Media.
Written by Will Aldis, the story centers on a young man (played by Robinson) who has never had a drink in his life and upon meeting the woman of his dreams — an ex-hooker-stripper-junkie-alcoholic — pretends to be in Alcoholics Anonymous to try and woo her.
“We are so »
- Dave McNary
When top executives of Endemol Shine Group gather next week at the Majestic hotel in Cannes, the scene inside the conference room might be mistaken for a United Nations Security Council meeting.
Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Israel, Russia, China and Switzerland are among the more than 30 territories that will be represented alongside the superpowers of North America and the U.K. at an extra-long table. The gathering is so large that there’s a microphone and a nameplate with country flag set out for each participant.
The brainstorming and information-sharing sessions will be held largely in English, although there will be side conversations among smaller groups in numerous native tongues. Coinciding with the annual MipTV international sales conference, the group will spend a few days talking shop, screening projects and generally arming themselves with the latest market intel.
Michael Lewis for Variety
By all accounts, the periodic meetings of what »
- Cynthia Littleton
South by Southwest in Austin, Texas has begun and one of the films being screened is Teenage Cocktail. A poster and teaser for the film were revealed and are available after the jump. Also: an I Am Not a Serial Killer clip, a trailer for The Girl in the Photographs, and release details for Victor Warren’s Hot.
SXSW: Teenage Cocktail: “Feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, Annie and Jules hatch a scheme of running away. The only issue is, they need the money to get there. Jules suggests the couple try webcam modeling. Although she’s nervous at first, Annie can’t argue when the money starts rolling in. But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you. Sometimes violently.
SXSW 2016 Screenings:
Saturday, March 12th, 2:15 Pm at Alamo Lamar D
Sunday, March 13th, 6:00 Pm at Alamo Slaughter (SXSW Satellite)
Tuesday, March 15th, »
- Tamika Jones
Lamonica Garrett has joined the cast of ABC’s “Designated Survivor.” The drama, which was ordered straight to series in December, stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who becomes president after everyone before him in line to the office dies in a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union. Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci and Adan Canto are also set to star. Garrett will play Ritter, a Secret Service officer charged with protecting the Kirkman family in the wake of the unprecedented bombing of the Capitol. Also read: Kiefer Sutherland Drama ' »
- Reid Nakamura
Following a two-hour special that aired in January, Fox has ordered eight one-hour episodes of unscripted competition series Superhuman, with Kal Penn returning as host. The original special featured 12 ordinary people with extraordinary skills competing for a grand prize of $100,000. Penn, along with a guest panel, provided insights and comedic commentary about the competitors' unique abilities, while guiding the studio audience, who ultimately decided who took home the… »
Following a “Superhuman” special that served as a tryout this January, Fox has officially greenlit a full series of the brainy reality competition series, ordering eight hourlong episodes, Variety has learned.
Kal Penn, who hosted the two-hour special earlier this year, will be back to host the show. Casting of the contestants is currently underway.
“Superhuman” tests the abilities of ordinary people to use their extraordinary , distinct, nearly super-human skills such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight. The January special featured 12 people competing for a grand prize of $100,000. Penn and a guest panel provided insights and comedic commentary about the competitors’ unique abilities, while guiding the studio audience who ultimately decided who took home the “Superhuman” title and cash prize.
“Superhuman” is based on Germany’s “The Brain” from Endemol Shine, which is currently in its sixth season, and has spawned a number of global editions in China, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fox has developed an extraordinary interest in Superhuman.
The unscripted competition series — which aired as a two-hour special in January — has been formally picked up for an eight-episode season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Hosted by Kal Penn (House), the one-hour installments will test the abilities of ordinary people who possess — you guessed it! — nearly superhuman skills in areas such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight. (Think you fit the bill? Online casting calls are now open here.)
Fun fact: The U.S. is the »
Undoubtedly winking at the calendar, this morning Tyler Labine and Kal Penn announced the third season of the Deadbeat TV series will premiere April 20, 2016, on Hulu. Of course, given this is Deadbeat, the date is referenced as "4/20." Watch a teaser, below. Fans still fondly recall Labine's turn as Burt Wysocki or "Sock" on Reaper, which was cancelled by The CW after two seasons and a total of 31 episodes.
In Deadbeat Labine is slacker Kevin “Pac” Pacalioglu. Kal Penn plays Clyde Shapiro, a stoner entrepreneur. The supernatural comedy is executive produced by showrunner Dan Lagana, Cody Heller, Brett Konner, and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Co-executive producers are Sarah Esberg and David Baldy.
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