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Shot Caller Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Ric Roman Waugh, who was behind the underrated drama Snitch, returns with Shot Caller – a well-structured endeavour that moves freely between flashbacks and the present day, seamlessly interwoven to help tell this complex story. But while the set-up is great, it’s the pay-off that lets this title down, growing somewhat convoluted as we progress, and moving too far away from the endearing simplicity that helped to set the scene.

Initially, the narrative is that of a prisoner striving to reconnect with his family upon his release – at least that’s what it seemed to be. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jacob, imprisoned for manslaughter having been at the wheel of a car during an accident, which killed his colleague in the backseat. His wife Kate (Lake Bell) was left devastated as her husband was put away for several years, having to raise their young son on her own.
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Sundance Film Festival London Dates Announced For 2018

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse Cinemas have announced that the Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central from 31 May-3 June 2018. The Festival will feature the international and UK premieres of films from the 2018 edition of the renowned Sundance Film Festival which takes place 18-28 January in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Film fans can register for festival passes for the 2018 London event from today via The ‘Festival Pass’ guarantees access to ten Festival films/special events plus priority booking for additional events, access to the Picturehouse Central Members’ Bar, and food and drink discounts. The ‘VIP Pass’ gives access to Every film and special event at the festival, plus all parties, a Picturehouse Central membership, a goodie bag and more.

The 2017 edition of Sundance Film Festival: London took place at Picturehouse Central, presenting 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City,
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Movie Review – Shot Caller (2017)

Shot Caller, 2017.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh.

Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Benjamin Bratt, Omari Hardwick, and Holt McCallany.


A newly released prisoner is forced to enter a gang war upon his return to the outside world in a bid to get his life back on track.

With HBO’s epic Game of Thrones reaching its much-anticipated climax in 2018, fans will be wondering what is going to become of the show’s stars once the battle for Westeros is finally finished. Many of the stars, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke most notably, have attempted to make a step-up to the big-screen with mixed results but one star fans won’t have to worry about, judging by his performance in his latest film, Shot Caller, is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister, is completely transformed here, playing Jacob, the grizzled, Hulk Hogan mustachioed
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June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer Throw Star-Studded Dance Party for Charity

June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer Throw Star-Studded Dance Party for Charity
June Diane Raphael threw the party of the year in honor of her late parents — and People has the exclusive pictures!

The Grace and Frankie actress, 37, kicked off the annual It’s Not Your Parent’s Dance Party in Los Angeles on Saturday to benefit the Bresee Foundation, an after school and family services organization that helps young people pursue their education. Raphael and her comedian husband Paul Scheer came up with the idea to honor her parents.

“This past year, right before the election, my father passed away, and I lost my mom about 10 years earlier,” Raphael told People ahead of the bash.
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Win a Home Again Combo Pack

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It’s been a while since there was a well-made, ell-received romcom and Home Again seemed to revive a genre thought dead. To celebrate the season and its release on home video tomorrow, Universal Home Entertainment has provided us with a Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD) to give away.

All you need to do is tell us which Reese Witherspoon performance is your favorite and why. Entries should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, December 15. The contest is open to North American readers only and the judgment of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.

Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) stars in Home Again, a modern romantic comedy about love, family, and new beginnings. Home Again arrives on Digital on November 21, 2017, and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand on December 12, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Smart and oozing with charm, the film takes viewers
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UK poster and trailer for Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

With just a week to go until Shot Caller arrives in UK cinemas, a poster and trailer have been released for writer-director Ric Roman Waugh’s upcoming crime thriller which sees Nikolaj Coster-Waldau leading a cast that includes Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany; take a look below…

Jacob Harlon (Coster-Waldau), a successful financier, is sent to jail after a drink driving accident. In order to survive the cutthroat prison environment, he joins the Ayran Brotherhood prison gang. Upon release, Harlon is a changed man, and must placate his no-nonsense parole agent, and an La County sheriff, at the same time as repaying the debt to the gang who looked after him inside, who want him to arrange an illegal arms deal. He has to comply if he wants to keep his family safe from vengeance.

Shot Caller is
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David Lynch, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, and More Creators Tell IndieWire What Drove Them in 2017

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David Lynch, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, and More Creators Tell IndieWire What Drove Them in 2017
Words have always had great power, but over the course of the last year — a one of massive change and upheaval in Hollywood and the rest of the world — that old chestnut has never seemed more prescient. 2017 saw the rise of believing those who speak out, even if it hurts to hear, and plenty of the industry’s biggest voices had plenty to say. We talk to a lot of Hollywood’s brightest talents, about the projects which have inspired them most and the industry which at times supports, and at times hinders, their efforts to make their best work.

As individuals, we’re often blown away by their insights; in gathering them together, we end up with a portrait of a community of artists and creators who love their art and their industry, for better and for worse, and refuse to keep quiet about it.

Here are some of
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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Logan Lucky (Steven Soderbergh-directed action-comedy; Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig; rated PG-13) Woodshock (drama; Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk; rated R) I Do… Until I Don’t (romantic comedy; Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard; rated R) Tulip Fever (romantic drama; Alicia Vikander...

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Greenwich Entertainment Expands, Hires Film Arcade’s Andy Bohn

Newly launched arthouse distributor Greenwich Entertainment has hired The Film Arcade’s Andy Bohn to expand operations into Los Angeles.

Bohn will be the co-managing director alongside Ed Arentz. Bohn co-founded The Film Arcade in 2012 and oversaw the company’s releases, including Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” Josh Mond’s “James White,” Lake Bell’s “I Do…Until I Don’t,” and Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight,” along with setting up home entertainment deals at Lionsgate, Paramount, and Universal.

Prior to The Film Arcade, Bohn had a digital distribution deal with Lionsgate and worked with Arentz on the VOD release of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. Earlier in his career, Bohn worked at Morgan Creek and ICM.

Arentz, co-founder and former managing director of Music Box Films, and Edmondo Schwartz, co-founder of Cohen Media Group, launched Greenwich Entertainment in September with the goal of releasing six to eight high-end theatrical releases per year
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Lake Bell Gets Her First Tattoo Ever From Husband Scott Campbell — See Where She Got New Ink!

Lake Bell Gets Her First Tattoo Ever From Husband Scott Campbell  — See Where She Got New Ink!
Lake Bell finally got inked.

Despite being in a relationship with one of the world’s most in-demand tattooists, Scott Campbell, for six years, the Home Again actress, 38, has only just now taken the plunge and let him add some permanent art to her body.

Campbell, who has tattooed Justin Theroux, Sting, Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Love and Orlando Bloom, among several others, shared the momentous occasion on his Instagram Wednesday.

“After six years on the waiting list… finally sat down with my favorite client ever… @lakebell ,” he wrote in the caption, featuring a photo of Bell with a tattoo on each shoulder.
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Lake Bell and “New Girl” Creator Liz Meriwether Collaborating on Fox Comedy

Bell in “Million Dollar Arm”: Disney

Actress, writer, and director Lake Bell is teaming up with “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether for a comedy series. According to Deadline, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to “Bless This Mess,” a single-camera project about newlyweds who leave New York City to pursue a more down-to-earth life in Nebraska. Bell will star as one half of the central couple and serve as director. She and Meriwether will write the series. Joining them as executive producers is “New Girl” Ep Katherine Pope.

Bell and Meriwether previously worked together when Bell guest starred on a Season 1 episode of “New Girl.”

“I Do… Until I Don’t,” writer-director Bell’s exploration about monogamy and marriage, opened in September. She previously helmed, penned, and toplined the 2013 feminist comedy “In a World…” Episodes of “Casual” and “Childrens Hospital” are among Bell’s other directorial credits and she’s appeared onscreen in projects like Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s “Home Again” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Besides creating, writing, and producing the Zooey Deschanel-led “New Girl,” Meriwether has written the 2011 rom-com “No Strings Attached,” an episode of “Childrens Hospital,” and a short for Funny or Die. Last year Meriwether’s comedy “Thin Ice” received a pilot production commitment, but Fox ultimately passed on the Antarctica-set project.

New Girl” will return for its seventh and final season in 2018.

Lake Bell and “New Girl” Creator Liz Meriwether Collaborating on Fox Comedy was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Fox orders pilot from Lake Bell and New Girl creator Liz Meriwether

New Girl is getting ready for one last season and Fox apparently passed on her Thin Ice pilot last season, but Liz Meriwether is going to stay on Fox for a bit longer. According to Deadline, the network has ordered a pilot for a new project created by Meriwether called Bless This Mess, with Lake Bell attached to star…

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Newlyweds Comedy Starring Lake Bell From ‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether Gets Fox Production Commitment

Exclusive: In a high-profile late buy, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a single-camera comedy from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, which has actress/filmmaker Lake Bell attached to star, co-write and direct. Written by Meriwether and Bell, Bless This Mess centers on a newlywed couple — half of it played by Bell — that gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn't work out like they…
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Georgina Chapman Presents Bridal Collection Amid News of Husband Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

Georgina Chapman Presents Bridal Collection Amid News of Husband Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Harassment Allegations
It was business as usual over at the Marchesa showroom on Thursday, despite a major development in designer Georgina Chapman’s personal life. As news broke that her husband, film executive Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual harassment, Chapman was in the middle of presenting Marchesa’s fall 2018 bridal collection.

The designer (who has created wedding gowns for celebrities including Julianne Hough, Nicole Richie and Lake Bell), maintained her composure, says an onlooker. “She was happily chatting with guests” and discussing dresses without any hint that the New York Times exposé about her husband was blowing up on social media.
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Nycc: Exclusive Interview with SuperMansion creators Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich and writer Tom Root

Justin Cook chats with SuperMansion’s Zeb Wells, Matthew Senreich and Tom Root at New York Comic Con about SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween, horror inspirations and potential guest stars on SuperMansion

On October 5th, Crackle debuted SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween, a SuperMansion holiday special that follows the League of Freedom and their spooky misadventures on Halloween night. The creators of the show, Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich, also collaborated on Adult Swim’s long-running Robot Chicken; writer Tom Root lends his talents to both shows as well.

Are there any actors that you’d like to see guest star on future episodes of the show? I know you had Lake Bell and Phil Lamarr on this episode.

Matthew Senreich: That’s a tough one. We joked at one point about getting Aaron Paul to play with Cranston. I think that would be a lot of fun.
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‘SuperMansion’: Chris Pine and Bryan Cranston Break Their Puppets In Behind-The-Scenes Footage — Watch

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‘SuperMansion’: Chris Pine and Bryan Cranston Break Their Puppets In Behind-The-Scenes Footage — Watch
Crackle’s stop-motion animation comedy, “SuperMansion,” stands out as unique in the television landscape, as very few animated shows blend cutting-edge technology with old-school stop-motion techniques in quite the same way.

For a glimpse as to how they make it happen, Crackle has released the below exclusive look, hosted by executive producer Bryan Cranston (who also voices superhero Titanium Rex), at the many cogs in the “SuperMansion” machine.

This includes a tour of the sets, a meet-and-greet with the puppet designers, and even a look at how individual costumes are handcrafted, while a 3-D printer is used to fabricate the artist’s designs for each tangible, miniature character.

Read More:‘Supermansion: Drag Me to Halloween’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston and Lake Bell Serve Tricks and Treats in Holiday Special

Stoopid Buddy Studios co-creator Seth Green also joins Cranston on set to talk about the intricate production of “SuperMansion” and his role as executive producer.
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‘SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween’ Special Is Full of Tricks and Treats

The Emmy-nominated animated superhero series SuperMansion has a special treat in store for fans today: Crackle, Sony’s streaming network, is now streaming the show's Halloween special, SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween. The original special features regularly recurring voice actors Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Heidi Gardner, Zeb Wells, and Tucker Gilmore, along with Jillian Bell and special guests Lake Bell and Phil Lamarr. It's the latest installment in the hilarious and oh-so-wrong animated series from co-creators Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells. Written by Tom Sheppard and Wells, and directed by Nick Simotas, the …
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Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’

Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’
In “Abundant Acreage Available,” Amy Ryan plays a tough-minded woman who reunites with her brother (Terry Kinney) to bury their father on the farm where he raised them. As they argue about where to lay him to rest, another set of siblings from their father’s past show up to further complicate matters, laying claim to the land and injecting themselves into the center of this parochial setting.

Ryan’s character remains a fierce, defiant voice who pushes back against her brother’s religious convictions and the interlopers who question her solitary way of life. It’s a commanding performance that dominates this quiet, understated movie, and it makes you wonder why Ryan — an Oscar nominee for “Gone Baby Gone” — doesn’t land such impressive leading roles more often.

See More:Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review

Ryan, however, doesn’t
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Home Again review – Reese Witherspoon sparkles in silly but watchable romcom

Familiar romantic comedy tropes abound in the debut film from Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of the genre’s empress, Nancy Meyers

Reese Witherspoon brand loyalty kept me on board for this, as well as a hapless addiction to what we now have to call the Meyers house style: like salivating at the sight of crème et oignon Pringles. Making her feature debut is writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of feelgood-romcom empress Nancy Meyers, who has a producer credit here. The film has a lot of Nancy’s key ideas, including miraculously available and manageable younger men and outrageously expensive Martha Stewart interiors. (This film seems to use some locations from Nancy Meyers’s It’s Complicated – La’s fabulous hacienda-style homes might all look alike – and Lake Bell reprises her role as the uptight drama queen whom no one likes.)

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‘Supermansion: Drag Me to Halloween’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston and Lake Bell Serve Tricks and Treats in Holiday Special

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‘Supermansion: Drag Me to Halloween’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston and Lake Bell Serve Tricks and Treats in Holiday Special
This Halloween, The League of Freedom will face their fears on Crackle in an all-new original special, “Supermansion: Drag Me To Halloween.” A nod to Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me To Hell,” fans can only guess at what the horror film’s influence will make on the comedy.

The epic two-season stop-motion animated series documents the ill-adventures of misfit superhero team The League of Freedom: In “Drag Me To Halloween,” Titanium Rex (voice of Bryan Cranston) wrestles with his distaste for the holiday as the gang grapples with seductive ghosts, angry demons, and evil dentists. No strangers to devious antics, the league looks well at home in the official teaser.

Series regulars Tucker Gilmore (voice of Black Saturn), Zeb Wells (voice of Robobot) and Heidi Gardner (voice of Cooch) party with special guests Lake Bell and Phil Lamarr in the spooky feature. The fast-paced, Millennial-driven half-hour is known for its talented voice actors,
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