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Skye McCole Bartusiak, who is best known for playing Mel Gibson's daughter in "The Patriot," has died. She was found dead in her Texas home, but the cause of death has not been determined. She was only 21 years old. "We are all shocked and heartbroken over Skye's passing," said Bartusiak manager. "Aside from being incredibly talented, Skye was a beautiful and loving person who will be greatly missed." Bartusiak's longtime friend Abigail Breslin also commented on the tragedy. "One of my very good friends and someone who was like a sister to me, Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away today. So devastated," she wrote on Twitter. Bartusiak was 7 years old when "The Patriot" was released in 2000. She went on to have roles in "Cider House Rules" and "24" TV series. On stage, she played Helen Keller opposite Hilary Swank in a 2003 production of "The Miracle Worker." »
Skye McCole Bartusiak, best known for playing Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot, has died. She was 21. Her manager confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are all shocked and heartbroken over Skye's passing," Bartusiak's manager said in a statement. "Aside from being incredibly talented, Skye was a beautiful and loving person who will be greatly missed. We ask everybody to respect the family's privacy during this most difficult time of grieving." Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Bartusiak's longtime friend Abigail Breslin also honored the late actress. "One of my very good friends and someone who was like a
- Aaron Couch
In celebration of the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Vincenzo Natali's ghostly thriller Haunter, we've gotten our hands on a quick sneak peak. The film's on shelves now so check this out and see if it rattles them bones!
And remember, UK readers... there's still time to win a Blu-ray copy of Haunter (review here).
In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive.
But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. On top of that, she realizes that she must »
- Gareth Jones
Directed by Vincenzo Natali.
The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.
In a genre slightly starved of creativity, Haunter deserves kudos for at the very least trying something new and original. With it’s Groundhog Day/Edge of Tomorrow-style narrative, director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) has certainly made a decent little thriller that for the first half at least does a respectable job despite it’s obvious budgetary constraints (the CGI fog is pretty bad), with some decent camerawork and a few genuine jumps. In that first thirty minutes, the film firmly puts you in guessing mode: why is Lisa in a time loop? Is she being punished? Is Lisa »
- Scott Davis
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Peter DaCunha, Samantha Weinstein, Eleanor Zichy, David Hewlett, Sarah Manninen | Written by Brian King, Matthew Brian King | Directed by Vincenzo Natali
Often it feels like there are not enough ghost stories based horror films these days, but then when you think about it we’ve had Insidious, Sinister and The Conjuring just to name a few. I’m not sure why I feel there needs to be more but this could be a sign that things need to be shaken up a bit. Saying that though I’ll be reviewing Soulmate soon which is a good old-fashioned ghost story that gets so much right, so most importantly these films just need to be good. Haunter looks to add a little something different to the mix with the question, do ghosts realise they are actually dead?
To her parents Lisa (Breslin) is »
- Paul Metcalf
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Running Time: 97 Minutes
A horror version of Groundhog Day? “Surely not,” I hear you cry. The idea of rinse and repeat in the world of film, allowing for a protagonist to learn a valuable lesson and/or solve a mystery has recently been used in sci-fi thriller Source Code and sci-fi action caper Edge Of Tomorrow. It’s a complicated premise that is also simple to implement, much like time travel. Also like time travel, it is something that is very difficult to get correct as the film is instantly at risk from tripping over its feet. Haunter is thankfully a rather successful attempt at taking the idea of living the same day over and over again.
The first positive to say about the film is that it doesn’t muck about. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
To celebrate the release of “Haunter” – the chilling new paranormal horror with a twist starring Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game; Zombieland) out on DVD & Blu-ray 14th July 2014 – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway!
An entertaining amalgam of “The Others”, “The Conjuring” and “Groundhog Day”, celebrated director Vincenzo Natali (Cube; Splice; Hannibal TV Series) is back on top form with this tightly-wound paranormal horror that utilises the best elements of the subgenre to great effect.
Featuring a standout performance from up and comer Abigail Breslin that keeps the tension alive, further lifted by the spine-chilling Stephen McHattie (Watchmen; 300) as their venomous killer, “Haunter” is the must-see addition to your horror collection!
Read our ★★★★ review here.
“Abigail Breslin finds her feet as a young adult in film with a career-defining performance” **** – Box Office Buz
Pre-order Haunter via Amazon.
To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the release of Haunter – the chilling new paranormal horror with a twist starring Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game; Zombieland) out on DVD and Blu-ray 14th July 2014 – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway!
An entertaining amalgam of The Others, The Conjuring and Groundhog Day, celebrated director Vincenzo Natali (Cube; Splice; Hannibal TV Series) is back on top form with this tightly-wound paranormal horror that utilises the best elements of the subgenre to great effect.
Featuring a standout performance from up and comer Abigail Breslin that keeps the tension alive, further lifted by the spine-chilling Stephen McHattie (Watchmen; 300) as their venomous killer, Haunter is the must-see addition to your horror collection!
“Abigail Breslin finds her feet as a young adult in film with a career-defining performance” **** – Box Office Buz
Order your copy today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lEKFw9 However to win a copy on Blu-ray, just answer the following question… »
- Phil Wheat
We now have the trailer for the upcoming "Final Girl" thriller, starring Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Wes Bentley. Check it out below. Plot: Loner Veronica (Breslin) is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys (Ludwig) who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It's only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she's armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she's chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt. "Final Girl" is directed by photographer Tyler Shields. It currenty doesn't have a release date. Trailer: »
Normally, Tyler Shields is just a photographer, and you totally get that vibe in the first stylish but messy trailer for Final Girl. The thriller stars Abigail Breslin as a girl who has been raised as an assassin and tasked with killing a group of boys who lure girls into the woods and kill them, just for the hell of it. Sounds like an interesting enough concept, but the film looks like a magazine photoshoot in motion, and not in a good way. While some of the shots would make great stills, as a film, this looks like a music video, and has the acting power of a high school drama club. It's exaggerated, phony and just doesn't hit the mark. Watch! Here's the first promo trailer for Tyler Shields' Final Girl, uploaded by Live for Films: Loner Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the »
- Ethan Anderton
And now, for something different: Alexander Ludwig is the mastermind of a group of four men who hunt young women in the forest in The Final Girl. It's all fun and games (and murder) until they meet Veronica (Abigail Breslin). Little does the foursome of killers know she's been trained by a man (Wes Bentley) since childhood for the very special task of taking them all down. I'm going to level with you: this looks B-level at best, but I'm weirdly into it. Ludwig as the head of a pack of retro-looking gentlemen who hang at a diner until they stalk their next victim with an ax? Breslin as an unlikely assassin? Mood lighting in the forest? What's not to love? The movie doesn't have an exact release date, but you can watch the trailer below. Front Page Image Source: Hannibal Classics »
- Maggie Pehanick
The first thing you should know about Tyler Shields — making his directorial debut with "Final Girl" — is that he's a photographer by day, and kind of a poor man's Terry Richardson (though given the current heavy controversy around the latter, Shields may have new gigs available to him). Just look at this photo shoot he did with Abigail Breslin, the star of his film. But hey, credit to Shields, he has managed to do something Richardson hasn't — make a movie. It's just too bad it doesn't look very good. Wes Bentley, Cameron Bright and Francesca Eastwood are among the co-stars of this one, about a bunch of teenage boys who kill girls for sport. But the tables are turned when they choose Veronica, because she's secretly an assassin-in-training, and she's made the gang of boys as her final test. Yeesh. Premise aside, it looks like Shields basically shot like his photos, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jodi Picoult is a bestselling author and with good reason. She has broken the mould of nice and neat literature by exploring taboo subjects with sensitivity and grit. She has explored horrific topics from rape to organ donation and terminal illness. Picoult’s specialty seems to be taking a closer look at the infamous grey area where things are not clear cut and there are different perspectives to consider.
In My Sister’s Keeper, she writes about a family with a child so sick they genetically alter a new baby to be born as a perfect match for its big sister. The cells from newborn Anna are used from the moment of her birth to help her big sister live just a little longer and continue as the years pass. And while all these operations and procedures help Kate live, they are not a cure and she continues to get »
- Amanda Keats
Britain's Got Talent earned more than 10 million viewers for this year's grand finale on ITV last night (June 7), according to overnight figures.
The last in the current series, which saw Collabro crowned winners, grabbed 10.32m (49%) live to top primetime, with 482k (2.2%) tuning in on +1.
England's World Cup friendly against Honduras, interrupted midway through the first half by an electrical storm, averaged 5.18m (35.6%) afterwards.
The latest Casualty treated 3.55m (16.4%) from 9.20pm on BBC One. Earlier in the evening, Pointless Celebrities and The National Lottery: In It to Win It entertained 2.74m (13.1%) and 2.69m (12.1%) respectively.
On Channel 4, Restoration Man was watched by 464k (2.4%) from 7pm. It was followed by Grand Designs (464k/2.1%) and the 2009 film My Sister's Keeper (595k/2.9%) starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
Final Girl has had many a fans curiosity functioning at fever pitch for some time now. Since word first broke of the film and we learned Abigail Breslin would front a genre film as the iconic final girl. Knowing the film itself was titled Final Girl just seemed so fitting and so worthy of hyperbole. Its as though teen slasher fans were gifted a treasure from the horror heavens. »
Chess has been used symbolically and metaphorically in storytelling for ages. So much so that it feels played out (pun intended). Thus, when it comes to Wicked Blood, you will immediately be rolling your eyes as Hannah (Abigail Breslin, really working that eyeliner) quotes from some sort of chess bible. Her literary narrations sprinkled throughout the film obliquely spell out how she views her moves against an underworld gang as mere moves in a chess game.
- John Keith
When surly teen Lisa (Abigail Breslin) investigates why she and her parents and younger brother seem to be reliving the same events day after day she discovers that they are ghosts haunting the family home. However, a creepy telephone repairman (Steven McHattie) tells her to keep quiet... and not to speak to the nervous teenage girl (Eleanor Zichy) who's living in the same house during the present day. »
From photographer Tyler Shields comes Final Girl – a horror movie with the revenge motif of I Spit on Your Grave and Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass. A new trailer has been released which sees our hero taking down her would-be attackers in a game of cat and mouse.
No release date has been announced for the movie.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt. »
- Luke Owen
The official trailer for Tyler Shields' new film, Final Girl, has hit the interwebs so we tracked it down and now have it for you right here courtesy of Hannibal Classics. Check it out, and look for more on this one as it comes!
Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, and Johnny Silver and helmed by celebrity photographer turned first-time director Tyler Shields, Final Girl chronicles the tale of a pack of teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their "initiation."
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they »
- Steve Barton
A new trailer for Tyler Shields' upcoming thriller 'Final Girl' has been unleashed onto the general public. Hannibal Classics have unveiled the trailer which most certainly gives us a good insight into the original style that celeb photographer Shields has plumped for. By no means a stranger to controversy director Shields will no doubt be bringing his violent and bloody on-camera style to the proceedings. Abigail Breslin -below ('Zombieland', 'The Call') stars as Veronica who must beat a group of teenage boys at their own game in a deadly hunt for her life. Wes Bentley ('The Hunger Games'), Alexander Ludwig, Logan Huffman, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo, and Francesca Eastwood also star. Head below for the new 2-minute trailer. »
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