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Competition: Win ‘The Grand Seduction’ on DVD

19 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of The Grand Seduction starring Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, The Guard, In Bruges) and Taylor Kitsch (True Detective Season 2) – on DVD 5th January 2015 – we have a copy of the film to giveaway courtesy of Entertainment One.

Brendan Gleeson once again delivers a fantastic performance in a delightful comedy that is full of charm, wit and boasts stand-out performances from a stellar cast. Taylor Kitsch, more known for his science fiction blockbusters shows great comedy prowess and exactly why he is such a big name in Hollywood. Rounding off the main cast is the stunning Liane Balaban and Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, who provide some truly laugh out loud moments!

Available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1wm0P7E

To win a copy of The Grand Seduction on DVD just answer the following question:

The Grand Seduction co-stars Taylor Kitsch. But which big budget sci-fi movie did he star in? »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Blacula: The Complete Collection’ Blu-ray Review

2 November 2014 11:08 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Urban action and fatal attraction give rise to a groove from beyond the grave in this funkadelic, fangadelic blaxploitation double-bill from Eureka Entertainment, which sees the eternally cool William Marshall put a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood as Blacula.

Produced at the height of the blaxploitation era, the Blacula movies are the perfect blend of genre and social film making, the types of which hadn’t been seen before… or since!

Blacula (1972)

Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, Emily Yancy, Ted Harris, Rick Metzler | Written by Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig | Directed by William Crain

In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending the slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire! »

- Phil Wheat

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The Grand Seduction review: Brendan Gleeson tries to woo Taylor Kitsch

26 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Don McKellar; Screenwriter: Michael Dowse, Ken Scott; Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Rhonda Rodgers; Running time: 113 mins; Certificate: 12A

Brendan Gleeson is perfectly cast in The Grand Seduction, a comedy drama that aims to send up the postcard image of rural life. Unfortunately, Canadian director Don McKellar falls into his own trap with a storytelling style that wavers between wry cynicism and twee romanticism.

American muscle-head Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) loses some of that action hero bulk to play Dr Paul Lewis, but he still looks out of place in a small fishing village where he is forced to act as Gp after getting caught with cocaine at customs. Just the name, Tickle Cove, is enough to conjure a picture of seaside tranquillity, but on the contrary, the fishing business has dried up and its residents need to find an alternative source of revenue »

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‘The Grand Seduction’ is a charmer that’s fishing for quirky bait

3 June 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Grand Seduction                                                                                                                                                                      

Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch

Directed by Don McKellar

Written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott

Canada, 2014

One has to acquire a taste for eccentric dramedies that are populated by infectious quirky characters, a far-fetching premise, gentle-minded absurdity and an appreciation for the small-scale cinema experience to embrace the giddy gumption of director Don McKellar’s odd yet highly-spirited The Grand Seduction. Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.

Now American television audiences in particular may inevitably view the witty Seduction as a knockoff to the critically-acclaimed early 1990′s series Northern Exposure where the off-base, fish-out-of-the-water quirks and kooky culture shock of revolving personalities co-existing in a quaint scenic hamlet may seem grudgingly familiar. Well »

- Frank Ochieng

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Grand Seduction’ With Taylor Kitsch

3 June 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “The Grand Seduction” starring Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson!

The Grand Seduction,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens in Chicago on June 13, 2014, also stars Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Anna Hopkins, Rhonda Rodgers, Carly Boone, Mark Critch, Steve O’Connell and Matt Watts from director Don McKellar and writers Michael Dowse and Ken Scott.

To win your free “The Grand Seduction” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Director Don McKellar Talks The Grand Seduction, Drawing on the Amazing Landscape, Authenticity of the Locals, and What the Cast Brought to the Film

28 May 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In Don McKellar’s charming character-driven comedy, The Grand Seduction, a small Newfoundland fishing village facing hard times pulls out all the stops to find a town doctor needed to land a lucrative factory contract that would mean jobs for everyone.  Long-time resident Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) comes up with a scheme to seduce a big city doctor (Taylor Kitsch) into staying after he arrives for his one month trial residence.  Opening May 30th, the film is directed from a screenplay by Mike Dowse and Ken Scott and features a terrific cast that includes Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch and Mary Walsh. In an exclusive interview, McKellar talked about the appeal of the script, what the cast brought to the film, the challenge of finding the right tone, how D.P. Doug Koch and Production Designer Guy Lalande drew on the amazing landscape to create the distinct look of the film, »

- Sheila Roberts

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The Grand Seduction Movie Review

26 May 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Grand Seduction Entertainment One Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Don McKellar Screenplay:  Ken Scott, Michael Dowse Cast:  Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Anna Hopkins, Rhonda Rodgers Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 4/29/14 Opens:  May 30, 2014 Except for a few idealistic souls, doctors locate where the money is. There are so many of these white-coated professionals on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that you wonder why you’re about the only person you know who never draped a stethoscope prominently about your neck.  Ok, maybe a number of physicians locate in simple, middle-income suburbs rather than Beverly Hills  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Watch: First Trailer For Don McKellar's 'The Grand Seduction' Starring Taylor Kitsch & Brendan Gleeson

24 April 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you are a member of the Brendan Gleeson fan club (and really, who isn’t?), then this summer should be a blast for you. While you are most likely aware of his upcoming film “Calvary,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to solid buzz and comes out this August, you may be surprised to learn that he co-stars in yet another comedy this year. That film would be “The Grand Seduction,” which finds Gleeson starring alongside Taylor Kitsch. And a new trailer has arrived.This indie comedy from Canada takes place in a fictional town in Newfoundland, where the townspeople are looking for a doctor who will take permanent residence so that they can obtain a contract in order to build a new factory. Taylor Kitsch plays the doctor and Gleeson is a resident of the village who leads the campaign. The rest of the cast includes Gordon Pinsent, »

- Ken Guidry

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Deception & Comedy In ‘The Grand Seduction’ Trailer Starring Brendan Gleeson

23 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s been a while since we saw such a darling little comedy as this one. Set in a tiny village, the townsfolk must convince a new doctor to stay in order for a business contract to go through. What follows is a series of comedic attempts to help the doctor feel welcome which will ultimately end up in more jobs for the village. The whole idea of a town getting together in order to deceive reminds me of the likes of Waking Ned and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, also The Wicker-man.

Although there isn’t much subtlety here, the trailer certainly had me laughing at all the right spots. Brendan Gleeson stars as the one man on the island who seems capable of getting things done, while Taylor Kitsch takes a different approach to his blockbusting duds John Carter and Battleship. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘The Grand Seduction’, with Brendan Gleeson, releases its first trailer

22 April 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Over the course of a 25 year career, actor Brendan Gleeson has made a name for himself with a number of strong supporting and leading turns in movies such as The General, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven, the Harry Potter series, and In Bruges. Many fans of the performer were interested to see what he would do next, which raised the profile of his next project. Titled The Grand Seduction, the film is directed by Don McKellar, who works from a script by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Gleeson stars alongside Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, and Mark Critch. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.

(Source: Collider)

The post ‘The Grand Seduction’, with Brendan Gleeson, releases its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Enemy Lands Five but Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is Tops at 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

10 March 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite not being nominated for Best Director, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle managed to pull off what we thought was the impossible (our Leora Heilbronn has pegged the drama as the film that should win, but favored Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy as the best bet) winning Best Motion Picture at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a Canadian Oscars). If the out of synch supposed “live” telecast wasn’t bad enough (all awards including the winning film were announced almost one hour prior to on twittersphere), the show’s producers gave Gabrielle winning producers Luc Déry and Kim McCraw the equivalent of end of toilette paper roll in terms of time.

The voters also choose Gabrielle‘s Gabrielle Marion-Rivard as Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the heavily favored Enemy grabbed five awards, Best Direction for Villeneuve, Best Original Score for the excellent Danny Bensi/Saunder Jurriaans pairing , Best Editing, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Gabrielle, Enemy triumph at Canadian Screen Awards

10 March 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producers Kim MCraw and Luc Déry collected the best motion picture prize at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (9) and Gabrielle Marion-Rivard was named best lead actress. Louise Archambault directed Gabrielle.

On a big night for Enemy, Denis Villeneuve was named best director and Sarah Gadon best supporting actress.

The psychothriller also won awards for editing, original score and cinematography.

Gabriel Arcand was named best lead actor for The Auction (Le Démantelement) while Gordon Pinsent claimed the best supporting actor prize for The Grand Seduction.

The F-Word writer Elan Mastai won best adapted screenplay and The Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary prize was awarded to Watermark.

“Tonight we gather in the company of our country’s brightest and most glamorous talent to celebrate the best in Canadian film and television,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

“I am honoured to celebrate and applaud this year’s outstanding nominees and winners. Their work brings us together, around screens »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sleeping with the “Enemy”; Denis Villeneuve Heavy Fave for 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

9 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.

Best Motion Picture:

The nominees are: Enemy, The Dismantlement, Empire of Dirt, The F Word, Gabrielle, The Grand Seduction, Maina, Tom at the Farm

Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »

- Leora Heilbronn

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Canadian Academy unveils nominees

13 January 2014 9:50 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the Canadian Screen Awards nominees.

“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” said Academy chair Martin Katz.

“This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9. Congratulations to all.”

David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award. For the full list of winners invcluding television, digital and special awards click here.

The feature nominees in full:

Best Motion Picture

The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) – Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle

Empire Of DirtJennifer Podemski

EnemyKim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland

The F-Word – Andre Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher

GabrielleKim McCraw, Luc Déry

The Grand SeductionBarbara Doran, Roger Frappier

MaïnaKarine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin

Tom At The Farm (Tom À La Ferme) – [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Canadian Screen Awards nominees

13 January 2014 9:50 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced its nominees.

“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” said Academy chair Martin Katz. “This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week, March 3-9. Congratulations to all.”

David Cronenberg will receive the lifetime achievement award. For the full list of winners invcluding television, digital and special awards click here.

The fearure nominees in full:

Best Motion Picture

The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) – Bernadette Payeur, Marc Daigle

Empire Of Dirt (pictured) – Jennifer Podemski

EnemyKim McCraw, Luc Déry, Miguel A Faura, Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland

The F-Word – Andre Rouleau, David Gross, Macdara Kelleher

GabrielleKim McCraw, Luc Déry

The Grand SeductionBarbara Doran, Roger Frappier

MaïnaKarine Martin, Michel Poulette, Yves Fortin

Tom At The Farm (Tom À La Ferme) – [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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