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How Action Predicted Weinstein and the Hollywood Silence Breakers

October 5, 2017 will be a day that will go down in Hollywood history, the date that The New York Times published their shocking expose on Harvey Weinstein, detailing decades worth of sexual harassment charges. A few days later, another report from The New Yorker, by Ronan Farrow (the son of Mia Farrow and stepson of Woody Allen), levied even more serious charges, with three women coming forward to accuse the now-disgraced producer of rape, including actress Asia Argento, the daughter of famed Italian filmmaker Dario Argento. At some point when these accusations were being first brought forth, I couldn't help but think of the short-lived satire series Action, especially the series finale. It has always been one of my favorite cult classic shows, because it was so far ahead of its time in terms of its dark humor... and now it serves almost as foreshadowing of the despicable acts that took
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Horror Highlights: Wolf Creek Series, Patient Seven, Hell House LLC

Pop TV's new behind-the-scenes video for the Wolf Creek series shows "all the games Mick Taylor plays." Also in this morning's Horror Highlights are Redbox release details for Patient Seven and two clips and a trailer for Hell House LLC.

Wolf Creek Series Behind-the-Scenes Video: "Inspired by one of the most terrifying, cult movie franchises ever released in theaters, episode 2 of the six-part television event, Wolf Creek, premiere[d] exclusively on Pop [on] October 21 at 10:00 Pm, Et/Pt."

"Pop’s limited series event--inspired by one of the "25 best horror movies since 2000" (Av Squad), one of the "100 Best Horror films" (Time Out) and one of the "25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining" (Vulture)--is an intense psychological thriller [that premiered on] Friday, October 14, at 10/9c. It stars John Jarratt as killer Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback except, this time, things are different. The series turns an entire genre on its head
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Bww CD Review: That 70s Show, Disaster!

It takes guts to write a parody of 1970s disaster movies. After all, Airplane, the parody of the Airport series, is one of the most beloved comedies of all time. It also takes guts to write a 1970s jukebox musical. A show you may have heard of called Mamma Mia ran for nearly 14 years and 6,000 performances. Nevertheless, into this field of exclamation points flew Disaster, a parody of 1970s disaster movies...and a 1970s jukebox musical. The show, co-written by multi-hyphenate Seth Rudetsky who also plays one of the main roles and director Jack Plotnick, was perhaps a bit slim for the past Broadway season. Its silliness, specificity, and lack of original songs may have caused it to struggle amid the powerhouse shows surrounding it, and it closed in May after 72 performances. But it did receive some enthusiastic reviews, and in particular acclaim for the breakout performance of Jennifer Simard,
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New Trailer & Poster for Horror Anthology Patient Seven

It’s been less than a year since production began on Danny Draven’s Patient Seven, and now a trailer and an official poster have been revealed for the anthology horror film.

Take a peek at the trailer and poster located at the bottom of this story. An exact release date has yet to be announced for Patient Seven, but we will inform our readers on further updates.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (August 3rd, 2016) – In October of 2015, genre distributor Terror Films announced that principal photography had begun on an Untitled Horror Anthology, now titled Patient Seven. The structure of the anthology includes a wrap-around, written by Barry Jay Stitch (The Chosen) and directed by horror veteran Danny Draven (Ghost Month, Reel Evil), which intertwines 7 award winning, short films by filmmakers from around the globe. The filmmakers include: Nicholas Peterson, Paul Davis, Ómar Örn Hauksson, Dean Hewison, Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen,
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Terror Films Offers More Horror To Canadian Film Fans Via Raven Banner Entertainment

Raven Banner Entertainment and Terror Films have announced a partnership. Raven Banner will distribute at least six horror titles, from Terror Films, in Canada. The initial slate will include films such as: Goddess of Love, House of Purgatory, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Antidote, Hell House LLC and Patient Seven. This is an ongoing collaboration, initiated by Terror Films CEO Joe Dain and James Fler, of Raven Banner. This is good news for horror fans! Here is a quick overview of some of the films. Goddess of Love is a femme fatale thriller. It has already been reviewed on 28Dla, here: A Goddess of Love Review. As well, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary chronicles the long journey to adapt Stephen King's Pet Sematary to screen. The world has gone to hell in Antidote, while Hell House LLC is a found footage film "about a haunted
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‘Disaster!’ Broadway Review: ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ With Songs and Fewer Laughs

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‘Disaster!’ Broadway Review: ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ With Songs and Fewer Laughs
A boat capsizes on Broadway and Irwin Allen turns over in his Hollywood grave. “Disaster” is too dynamic a word to describe the new jukebox musical “Disaster!,” which opened Tuesday at the Nederlander Theatre. Better words would be “lukewarm mess.” Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick wrote the show, which has had previous incarnations in small theaters around Manhattan. Smaller, not to mention shorter, would help in every way. “Disaster!” sets the story of Irwin Allen’s “The Poseidon Adventure” on a floating casino that’s somehow responsible for creating an earthquake and a tsunami. The long first act gets bogged down in telling.
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'70s Tidal Wave! Meet the Full Cast of Disaster!, Opening Tonight on Broadway

Broadway's new musical comedy Disaster opens tonight, March 8, at the Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street, directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. Disaster will play a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch footage of the cast onstage below
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Broadway's Disaster! Sets General Rush Policy

Broadway's new musical comedy Disaster has announced that a limited number of 30 general rush tickets will be available for each performance at the Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street when the box office opens for that day's performances. Limited to 2 tickets per patron, tickets must be purchased with cash only and are subject to availability. Directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, Disaster begins performances tonight, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and officially opens on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016.
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Terror Films Unveils 2016 Slate Including ‘Pet Sematary’ Documentary (Exclusive)

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Terror Films Unveils 2016 Slate Including ‘Pet Sematary’ Documentary (Exclusive)
Genre distributor Terror Films has unveiled its 2016 slate, which includes the horror anthology “Patient Seven,” a documentary on the making of Stephen King‘s “Pet Sematary” and a trio of haunted house movies, TheWrap has learned. “Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary” is a documentary that includes interviews with the director and cast of the classic horror movie as well as never-before-seen footage from the set in Maine. “Patient Seven” is an original horror anthology that follows seven patients in a mental hospital. The cast includes Michael Ironside (“Total Recall”) and Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911”), with segments starring Amy...
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Exclusive: Wolfe Releasing Acquires Lgbt Comedy-Horror 'You're Killing Me'

Read More: Exclusive: Wolfe Releasing Acquires Gay Coming-Of-Age Drama 'Henry Gamble's Birthday Party' Wolfe Releasing has acquired the distribution rights to writer-director Jim Hansen's "You're Killing Me," an Lgbt comedy-horror film that has played at numerous horror festivals throughout the year. The deal gives Wolfe Releasing all worldwide rights to the film, and the company is planning a 2016 spring release on DVD, VOD, cable and additional digital platforms. "You’re Killing Me" stars Jeffery Self as an internet comedy star whose friends are so steeped in irony and sarcasm they don’t know a serial killer when they meet one. When George’s handsome new boyfriend (Matthew McKelligon) tells him he’s a murderer, George thinks it’s a joke and plays along. As George's friends start disappearing one by one, the remaining group takes matters into their own hands. Drew Droege, Jack Plotnick, Mindy Cohn and Bryan Safi co-star.
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Kids Now Casting Broadway’s ‘Disaster’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

Off-Broadway’s musical comedy hit, “Disaster” his heading to the Great White Way and in need of a young boy actor to play twin siblings Ben and Lisa. Slated for a March 2016 curtain, the show by writer-director Jack Plotnick and cowriter Seth Rudetsky is loosely based on 1970s disaster movies (think “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Earthquake,” and “The Towering Inferno”) and set to a soundtrack of the decade’s greatest and grooviest hits. The story’s simple: A glamorous casino opening in New York City brings together the city’s finest, all of whom become connected through the horrific disaster(s) that take place, making for a show-stopping musical as funny as it is thrilling. Ben and Lisa are the twin children of Jackie, a lounge singer at the casino and the love interest of Tony Delvecchio, the casino’s owner. Auditions will be held Nov. 22 and rehearsal begins Jan. 4, 2016 with previews beginning Feb.
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Watch the Unaired 'Clerks' TV Pilot Based on Kevin Smith's Movie

Watch the Unaired 'Clerks' TV Pilot Based on Kevin Smith's Movie
You may know that director Kevin Smith's first film Clerks spawned the Clerks animated TV series in 2000, although it only ran for one season. What you may not know is that, five years earlier, the indie hit was actually adapted for a live action TV pilot, starring Jim Breuer as Randall Graves and Andrew Lowery as Dante Hicks. The pilot was never picked up as a TV series, and now you can see why, since the full Clerks pilot has now surfaced online.

The pilot also features a few more faces you may recognize. Keri Russell, three years before starring on Felicity, plays Sandra, a tanning salon employee, with Rick Gomez, best known as Ada David Vasquez from FX's Justified, playing an ice cream parlor worker named Todd. Screenwriter Andr&#233 Nemec, who went on to write the fourth Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
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Film Review: ‘Suburban Gothic’

Film Review: ‘Suburban Gothic’
A likably wiseass horror-comedy, “Suburban Gothic” is light on the horror and the usual broader comedy strokes as well, instead sporting the kind of droll humor that springs not from gags and setpieces but from what seems like improvisational riffing from a cast of assured comic hands. Quite a shift from helmer/co-scenarist Richard Bates Jr.’s first feature, “Excision” (a queasy character study about a creepy teen obsessed with amateur surgery), this sly goof has stirred some buzz along the genre-fest circuit. FilmBuff’s simultaneous theatrical and VOD release on Jan. 30 should harvest modest rewards, helped by the presence of some support names likely to catch the eye of in-joke-savvy fan types.

Man-child Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler, “Criminal Minds”) has just completed his Mba. But his MTV-circa-1985 New Wave look and general bratty attitude suggest he’s not about to find gainful corporate (or any) employment soon. Thus, he
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The Stack: Canfield Talks Space Station 76, Animated Rick And Morty, Vintage William Castle, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. This is the final episode before I kick off our Holiday Gift Guide this Tuesday November 25. This is also the beginning of a new, shorter format. But The Stack is still packed with home entertainment goodness. A favorite release is Space Station 76 (2014), directed by Jack Plotnick, whom you might remember from Rubber (2010) and Wrong (2012). Olive Films releases Fedora (1978), which many consider to be Billy Wilder's late career followup to Sunset Boulevard (1950). I also take a look at one of their back catalog titles, the nearly forgotten William Castle science fiction spy thriller Project X (1968). Lastly and quite excitedly, I tease the gift guide coverage by revealing one of this year's great TV Blu-ray box...

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‘Space Station 76′ Is Sci-Fi Comedy from the Future and the Best New DVD Release of the Week

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Space Station 76 The Omega 76 is a space station expecting two new visitors. First up is a new co-captain (Liv Tyler) who immediately sets the current captain (Patrick Wilson) on edge and disrupts the crew’s flow, but she’s still far less threatening than the second visitor. Because it’s an asteroid! Or meteor. Details aren’t important, but what is important is how the crew reacts to the impending danger coinciding with a bevy of personal dramas among them. Actor Jack Plotnick directs this surprisingly dark space-set comedy and delivers a lot of laughs along the way. The gags are both visual — this is sci-fi as envisioned in the ’70s meaning the tech is old fashioned and quaint — and dialogue/delivery-based as the script serves up plenty of great lines and humorous conflicts
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Liv Tyler Talks Space Station 76, Working With Director Jack Plotnick, Shooting The Leftovers, and Her Hopes for Season 2

From co-writer/director Jack Plotnick, the quirky indie film Space Station 76 tells the story of Omega 76's new assistant captain Jessica Marlowe (Liv Tyler), whose arrival inadvertently creates tension among everyone at the space station. Jessica’s intelligence and unwavering focus on her work confuses the Captain (Patrick Wilson) and upsets Misty (Marisa Coughlan), especially as it becomes clear that her husband Ted (Matt Bomer) and daughter Sunshine (Kylie Rogers) are finding themselves drawn to Jessica. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Liv Tyler talked about how she came to be a part of Space Station 76, why she wanted to work with Jack Plotnick, the visual style of the film, how her character ends up at this space station and in the position that she’s in, how much she adores Matt Bomer, shooting at a former porn studio, and being able to add to her
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Liv Tyler talks 'Space Station 76,' and how 'The Leftovers' scratches an old 'Lotr' itch

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Liv Tyler talks 'Space Station 76,' and how 'The Leftovers' scratches an old 'Lotr' itch
In two of her most recent roles, Liv Tyler went to outerspace, and then she was very much trapped on planet Earth. The actress and model took a break in the first decade of the 2000s, but found herself tapped back into film when actor Jack Plotnick decided to direct his first feature “Space Station 76,” a darkly comedic satire of sci-fi movies from the 1970s that has the crew aboard questioning gender, sexual orientation, habits and morals. Plotnick spoke a language that resonated with Tyler, which put her in a role opposite of Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan and more in a spaceship with a tiny budget. Then she said “yes” to HBO's “The Leftovers,” which Tyler described as a confluence of all her dream job descriptions. It was regular work, that kept her in New York and close to her son Milo, with a character (Meg) that was a little bit “off.
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Space Station 76 | Review

Earth Below Us: Plotnick’s Debut a Sweet Space Soap Opera

Those familiar with the comedic genius of Jack Plotnick should be thrilled to see his directorial debut, Space Station 76, based on a stage play he co-wrote. Bearing his particular brand of subversive, offbeat humor, it’s a space set soap opera made as if it were in the 1970’s and meant as an homage to those classic films from the time period that inventively attempted to visually prophesize the space age. Regularly featured in the films of Quentin Dupieux and television series, ‘Reno 911,” Plotnick’s perhaps best known for the sorely underrated spoof, Girls Will Be Girls, so many may be surprised at the sometimes melancholy tone underlying this film’s more capricious moments. More of a space age melodrama reflecting nostalgia for a bygone era of storytelling in its mixture of vintage and modern tone, it’s as sweet,
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Space Station 76 Is a Retro-Futuristic Curio

Space Station 76 Is a Retro-Futuristic Curio
Don't expect many laughs from this retro-futuristic curio, which doesn't really go for them, despite its parodic title and its '70s insistence that in the far future, View-Masters would be cutting-edge communication tech. Still, sympathetic audiences may be diverted by Space Station 76's period design and skilled performances, and by the mystery of what exactly the filmmakers are going for. (The less sympathetic may just ask what the point is.) Instead, director Jack Plotnick's debut mines the '70s not just for an aesthetic of kitsch but also for a narrative mode: Imagine an Updike novel set in the pinwheeling station of 2001, a Valium-in-the-void take on marital blisslessness. With jokes: Scenes with a robot therapist are inspired riffs on rudimentary AI progra...
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‘Space Station 76' Review: Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer Find Lust in Space in This Parody-Melodrama

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‘Space Station 76' Review: Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer Find Lust in Space in This Parody-Melodrama
Like the unexpected and slightly clumsy offspring of some strange tryst between Gene Roddenberry and Pedro Almodóvar, director (and co-writer) Jack Plotnick's “Space Station 76” is a period-perfect pastiche of Carter-era pop culture futurism. Extensive 21st-century CGI is used to recreate the retro-style graphics of the past's miniature, models and matte shots, but the goings on inside the title spacecraft combine the space opera and soap opera of an earlier era. The film's look and feel are far more purposeful and propulsive than the story and script, but even so, “Space Station 76” has more than a few laughs.
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