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The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
Selena Gomez is proud of her body, and she's not afraid to stand up for herself. But Justin Bieber's ex wouldn't bully a body shamer, would she?! There were some screen grabs making the rounds Thursday that showed a purported Instagram exchange between the singer and a nasty critic commenting on her weight. In this unconfirmed back-and-forth (the user allegedly telling her to "work out" and "Please stop eating junk food" has since deleted their account), it appears that Selena tells her hater, "you're disgusting." News: Abigail Breslin defends Selena Gomez's weight The screen grabs, which may well have been a fictitious Photoshop creation, were picked up by a »
Positioning itself as the self-serious alternative to the bloodthirsty zombie horror on shows like The Walking Dead or in movies like Zombieland, Maggie is an inert examination on the futility of hope when faced with a zombie outbreak. Playing out like the parody of a Terrence Malick-directed zombie movie, Henry Hobson’s directorial debut confuses restraint for complexity, and is lifeless in all the wrong ways. The fact that the film held its premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival – after briefly being scheduled to debut during Tiff 2014 – feels like a clever trick to disguise this messy new movie for something that’s actually artful.
Opening with a panicked voicemail from Abigail Breslin’s Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Wade drives his truck through the vast, grey Midwest while fields burn and alarms blare around him. After two weeks of searching for her, Wade arrives at “shelter for the infected” to »
- Zachary Shevich
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival featured a number of against-type performances, from Richard Gere as a loner desperate to connect with anyone he can in Franny to Jessica Biel as a an unglamorous yoga instructor in Bleeding Hearts, to name just a few. But perhaps the most unexpected turn came from Arnold Schwarzenegger as a despairing father in Maggie.
Directed by Henry Hobson, the film focuses on the relationship between Wade (Schwarzenegger) and his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) after she’s infected by a zombie virus. Joely Richardson stars as her stepmother, who pushes Wade to let go of the doomed teen. Don’t be fooled by the drama’s supernatural elements though, as it tells a truly haunting story about a family’s suffering in a way that’s both intimate and relatable.
Last week during the press day for Maggie, which was held in NYC, we sat »
- Justine Browning
Plot: In the midst of a viral outbreak, a farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) discovers his beloved daughter (Abigail Breslin) is infected. Now, he must keep her safe from quarantine even though he knows it’s only a matter of time before the daughter he once knew is replaced by a mindless creature who won’t recognize him. Review: When you put together Arnold Schwarzenegger and zombie movies, you probably wouldn’t think the result would be an art-house drama more »
- Chris Bumbray
The Tribeca Film Festival of 2015 closed the books on Sunday as it always does, with a day full of screenings of the prize-winning films. And, as I noted on Day Three, it bears noting that the festival’s reputation of being for “indies that aren’t really indies” almost never bears out during the awards ceremony. All of the films that played on Sunday will be launching new talent into American arthouses, rather than showing a new dimension for established stars.
The Tribeca jury gives awards to Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, New Director for each of narrative and documentary, Director for each of narrative and documentary, a special Nora Ephron prize honoring new female filmmakers, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Narrative feature. The Tribeca Audience Awards cover the best narrative film and best documentary as well. I confess to being completely unable to judge good editing, but I will »
- Mark Young
When it comes to zombie cinema, the last thing in the world you may expect is an emotionally-charged drama starring none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, but such is the case with Maggie, directed by Henry Hobson and co-starring Abigail Breslin. While it may not be “horror” enough for genre fans looking for another undead splatterfest, Maggie succeeds on the strengths of its ensemble, especially Schwarzenegger who turns in a surprisingly understated and thoughtful performance unlike anything we’ve seen before. Breslin also shines as his ill-fated daughter who must contend with her own mortality, making Maggie one of the more refreshing zombie films to hit theaters in some time.
In the opening of Maggie, we learn that the world is a few months deep into zombie-esque pandemic fueled by the "necroambulist virus," a disease that takes six to eight weeks to transform its victim into a mindless flesh-eating machine. And »
- Heather Wixson
Many people have noticed Selena Gomez's new curves, but it looks like not everybody has been friendly about them. Flaunting her great figure in several bikinis while on vacation in Mexico, Gomez responded to criticism by posting a sexy pic of herself and captioning it, "There's more to love." It might not have been enough to satiate the haters, so her pal Abigail Breslin has sounded off on the topic on Tumblr. She posted an emotional rant about her friend's body, defending her weight against those who would dare criticize her. She called for commenters to celebrate the gorgeous singer instead of insulting her. "All this stuff about Selena Gomez online in her bathing suit is Ridiculous. »
Read More: Tribeca Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger Surprises in Zombie Drama 'Maggie' Arnold Schwarzenegger's name will always be synonymous with his adrenaline-fueled action hero persona, but the 67-year-old actor is giving big guns and explosions a break in the upcoming zombie drama "Maggie." Schwarzenegger's rare dramatic performance drew raves after the movie's Tribeca Film Festival premiere, and the star reflected on the experience during one of Indiewire and Apple's Tribeca Talks at the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan. "Maggie" takes place in the midst of a zombie virus epidemic and finds Schwarzenegger as the loving father to a young girl, played by Abigail Breslin. After his daughter becomes infected by the deadly virus, he takes her home to his secluded farm and tries to emotionally and physically combat the inevitable tragedy to come. Be sure to check out the full panel on iTunes in either audio or video form. »
- Zack Sharf
We’ve seen Arnold Schwarzenegger save the day time and time again, but there’s no coming out on top in the situation he finds himself in in Maggie. Schwarzenegger leads as Wade, a loving father trying to care for his family during a zombie outbreak who finds out that his daughter has been bitten. Even though Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is destined to deteriorate, he insists on risking his own life so that they can spend the last few weeks she has left together. Shortly after Maggie celebrated its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, I got the opportunity to chat with Schwarzenegger and Joely Richardson who steps in as Caroline, Maggie’s step mother, about their experience making the film. Schwarzenegger revealed why he would have had a tough time making this movie 30 years ago, what his primary duty was as a producer on the film and also »
- Perri Nemiroff
Although your humble correspondent missed three days of TriBeCa films in a row due to a back injury, there was no way he could miss Maggie. Director Henry Hobson was able to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger to his low-key zombie project, despite the fact that Hobson was making his feature debut with a budget so small that you could make Maggie two or three times over for the amount that Arnold was paid to appear in Terminator: Genisys. The uniqueness of Hobson’s vision is evident from the first scene, where he is able to establish clearly the particulars of his zombie semi-apocalypse with only the barest minimum of exposition. As society teeters on the edge, both law and medicine struggling to handle the “Necroambulist” virus, Abigail Breslin plays the infected Maggie and Schwarzenegger plays her father, agonizing over the decision of what to do when she turns.
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- Mark Young
We saw a trio of posters last week, and now Entertainment Weekly has debuted four first look images from Scream Queens, the upcoming horror-comedy anthology series from Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan…
“Brad and Ian and I, all three of us, were always obsessed with the ’80s/early ’90s slasher genre that was always about young people and always about coming of age,” states Murphy. “So we loved that and we decided to sort of be inspired by that idea. That was sort of the impetus of it. It’s sort of the idea of what would happen if you put something like Heathers meets Friday the 13th to those genre pictures like Massacre on Sorority Row, that early-to-late ’80s exploitation horror thing. I really like the idea of doing a comedy and doing sort of anthological comedy. What I love about it is when it’s funny, »
- Gary Collinson
Three new clips have arrived online for Maggie, the upcoming zombie thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genysis), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Joely Richardson (Maybe Baby).
See Also: Read our review of Maggie here
Maggie is a precocious young woman growing up with all the typical teen angst and stress that girls her age face. But the difference is Maggie is infected with a virus, and is slowly turning into a zombie. Society exists as a post-zombie pandemic world where those infected are treated like patients and the zombies are taken care of. Maggie is holed up in her remote house with her father Wade who is looking after her. He believes he can save her from the virus, restoring her to good health. But as the virus advances and slowly consumes Maggie’s body, tensions run high and their father/daughter relationship is put to the test. This »
- Scott J. Davis
Schwarzenegger moves away from his usual action hero roles for director Henry Hobson's Maggie to play a doting father in a time of crisis.
In this new clip, Wade has a heartfelt discussion with Maggie about why he would never abandon her in her time of need.
The low-budget drama is to debut in a limited number of theatres and on VOD, rather than a wide release.
Maggie opens on May 8 in the Us and July 17 in the UK. »
Read More: Tribeca Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger Surprises in Zombie Drama 'Maggie' Three clips have been released for the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie drama "Maggie," which made its debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Schwarzenegger as Wade, a small-town farmer and father of teenager Maggie (Abigail Breslin) who has been bitten by a zombie. Even as Maggie's condition worsens, Wade continues to fight in an effort to protect his daughter. In the clip above, we get to see the nature of this father-daughter relationship in action, as Maggie expresses deep concern over her father's decision to rescue her. The clips also tease a strained relationship between Wade, Maggie and her stepmother (Jolely Richardson), who appears to be more overtly disturbed by her stepdaughter's condition than her husband. It should be interesting to watch the tension grow between Wade and his seemingly not-so-supportive wife. "Maggie" will »
- Jena Keahon
"Come on, don't do this... not yet." In the living dead drama Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a father struggling to cope with his daughter's (Abigail Breslin) intensifying zombie infection. The movie recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is scheduled to hit theaters and VOD on May 8th, and is teased in a new clip.
"The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror."
- Derek Anderson
Evan Peters is taking a room in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also included in our latest round-up are details on The Girl in the Photographs, starring Kal Penn and executive produced by Wes Craven, as well as recently revealed photos from Fox's Scream Queens.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter today that Evan Peters has officially joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Peters, a frequent American Horror Story actor, joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny.
This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #Ahshotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015
The Girl in the Photographs: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2015) – Al-Ghanim Entertainment (Age), a specialty financing and production company founded by Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim, has announced today that Kal Penn »
- Derek Anderson
A world premiere this week at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, the Henry Hobson-directed, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin-starring zombie drama approaches its national release on May 8th. Arnold himself dropped a new clip, in which his farmland father Wade struggles to care for a transforming daughter. Maggie is largely a subdued, tender zombie…
The post Clip: A Daughter Transforms in Zombie Drama, Maggie appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Directed by Henry Hobson
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
The world is in the midst of an apocalypse the media has dubbed “The Turn,” in which much of humanity has succumbed to a “necro-ambulant” condition … a scientific way of saying that people everywhere are turning into flesh-rotting zombies. Martial law is declared, countries are on lockdown, and if you’re bitten by one of the walking dead you’re closely watched by family members over the course of about two weeks, after which time you are either terminated by a loved one or interred into a mass holding pen, a filthy quarantine zone where zombies are free to munch on each other until they completely phase out. »
- Gary Collinson
If you were hoping for a quality dramatic performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger, good news, you’re going to get it. Trouble is, it’s hard to appreciate because first-time feature director Henry Hobson gets way too carried away with subverting zombie movie expectations and he winds up making Maggie a dull, miserable watch in the process. Schwarzenegger leads the film as Wade, a father who manages to track down his missing daughter in the midst of a zombie apocalypse only to find out that she’s been bitten. Even though he’s well aware that Maggie (Abigail Breslin) will become increasingly dangerous, he’s willing to put his own life at risk so that they can spend her last few weeks together. The premise of the film is downright brilliant. A good deal of zombie movies feature victims getting bit, dropping dead and then quickly reanimating as members of the walking dead. »
- Perri Nemiroff
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