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Sundance 2009 competition lineup

3 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

U.S. Dramatic Competition

This year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)

A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.

Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)

When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois at the outset of the Iraq war, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.

Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)

The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Matt Servitto.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Director-screenwriter: John Krasinski)

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American Film Market 2008, Part One: The Overview

2 December 2008 2:51 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I know I’m at Los Angeles’ American Film Market when, as soon as I get off the plane, I run into Lloyd Kaufman (in a men’s room, no less). The Troma chief serves as the Chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, which runs the Afm. Who better to chair an organization and market dedicated to discovering and promoting movies created outside the studio system than Kaufman?

This November, the Afm unveils over 500 films in dozens of languages for prospective international buyers. They screen the majority of these new motion pictures at seven different screening venues in sunny Santa Monica. The Afm is the proud home for the smaller guys, foreign and art-house features and B- to Z-grade movies. Just about everything stars Michael Madsen, C. Thomas Howell and/or Billy Zane. Best of all, the number of genre films has increased substantially over the 11 years I’ve been coming here, »

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Mega Shark Vs. Giant Squid, More Afm Weirdness

28 September 2008 5:43 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

You know what's great about a title like Mega Shark vs. Giant Squid? The title doubles as the plot. It's about a mega-sized shark battling a giant-sized squid. What more do you possibly need to know? It's Mega Shark vs. Giant Squid!

The annual American Film Market begins a day after we vote for our next President, running from the 5th through the 12th of November. One of my favorite things around this time of year is heading over to Afm's website and taking a look around to learn about some of the new Dtv/made-for-cable movies already in the can and in the works for the coming year.

For example, I learned of a Sci-Fi Channel flick in the works titled Ice Twisters, about a liquid nitrogen weather experiment meant to fight global warming that ends up spawning tornadoes that shoot razor-sharp ice shards. Now that's what I'm talking about! »

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Lionsgate Giving Thanks For Ed Kemper

7 September 2008 4:26 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

It seems like certain low budget filmmakers just flip through their serial killer trading cards looking for inspiration. I've no qualms about watching a documentary that deals with specific serial killers from a just-the-facts analytical point-of-view or even a well-made docudrama like Helter Skelter or Zodiac, but these DVD releases of late have just been low rent exploitation flicks of questionable taste and quality. This November necrophiliac serial killer Ed Kemper gets his turn.

"Co-ed killer" Edmund Kemper committed his first murders as a teenager in 1964 when he gunned down his grandparents, a crime for which he spent several years in a state mental hospital before convincing doctors he was sane. His killing spree resumed for a year beginning in mid-1972 with the brutal murders of six female hitchhikers; afterwards dissecting their corpses and performing necrophilia. His lifelong struggle with his abusive mother came to end in 1973 when he beat »

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