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Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors

Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Dee Williams will receive a Hollywood legacy award, the Art Directors Guild taps three for lifetime achievement, and fan-owned Legion M invests in a Nicolas Cage movie.


The American Black Film Festival will honor Billy Dee Williams with the Hollywood legacy award, actor Omari Hardwick with the distinguished Abff alumni award, and actress Tiffany Haddish with the rising star award.

The awards gala will take place on Feb. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

Williams’ credits include “Brian’s Song,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Batman.” Hardwick stars in the Starz series “Power” with credits on “Tyler Perry’s for Colored Girls” and Bet Network’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Haddish starred
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Oliver Schmitz Tapped to Direct New South African-German Mini

Oliver Schmitz Tapped to Direct New South African-German Mini
Johannesburg — Acclaimed German helmer Oliver Schmitz has been tapped to direct an ambitious new mini-series announced at Discop this week.

“The Day of the Covenant” is based on the true story of the spectacular sabotage of a South African nuclear power plant, an inside job pulled off under the nose of the oppressive apartheid regime.

The 4-hour mini will be produced by Emmy-winning producer Dan Jawitz, of Fireworx Media, in partnership with Ideas for Film, the new L.A.-based film and TV project development label launched by Discop duo Patrick Zuchowicki and Francoise Lazard. Producer rep Todd Brown, of Xyz Films, will be handling sales rights for U.K. and U.S. territories.

Jawitz says the series “offers potential co-prod partners a spectacular retro ‘80s romp…with excellent roles for French and German actors, high production values, first-rate crews, and the opportunity to shoot in the most spectacular city in the southern hemisphere.” Production is slated
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New film festival to launch in ‘Twin Peaks’ town

August 2018 will see the arrival of a brand new destination genre festival in the scenic town of North Bend, Washington, with a focus on standout vanguard programming. Best known as the original shooting location for cult-hit and recently rebirthed Twin Peaks, North Bend will be home to the North Bend Film Festival from August 23rd to the 26th. Using the town’s fantastical and mysterious energy that once inspired David Lynch, the festival will set out to fill the void of programming for the progressive audiences in the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers. Working directly with the town of North Bend, Nbff will be an event for the local community, Northwest creatives, and national genre film industry to enjoy together.

The fest’s homebase will be the North Bend Theatre, the town’s beautiful art-deco cinema built in 1941, with additional events spread out to historic
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Must Watch: Apocalypse Now Now Teaser

Cape Tow's Michael Matthews (Five Fingers For Marseilles) and District 9 writer Terri Tatchell have joined forces with Todd Brown of Xyz Films to adapt Charlie Human's cult novel "Apocalypse Now Now and the results look spectacular!

This teaser, which premiered on ScreenAnarchy, is for a short proof of concept film that will be released exclusively on Short of the Week August 29 so be sure to watch for the whole thing then.


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Nicholas Cage joins the cast of heavy metal revenge movie Mandy from Panos Cosmatos

Author: Zehra Phelan

Even though Nicholas Cage has made some really dubious choices in projects to appear in, he has also made a fair few cracking ones too. Confirmation has just come through that Cage will be starring in Mandy, an action thriller from Beyond the Black Rainbow helmer, Panos Cosmatos.

The new project, which is due to start filming this summer in Belgium is set in the primal wilderness of 1983, where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life and is being described as “Heavy Metal Story of Demon Bikers”

“Panos is one of the most vital young filmmakers alive, a pop-culture Kubrick in the making,” said Noah, SpectreVision’s Head of Development. “Nicolas Cage is a veritable god to those of us who grew up watching his classic performances. Bringing these two together for this surrealist, heavy-metal-soaked
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Nicolas Cage To Star In Action Thriller ‘Mandy’ From SpectreVision, Xyz Films & Umedia

Exclusive: Nicolas Cage is set to star in action thriller Mandy, directed by Beyond the Black Rainbow helmer Panos Cosmatos. Project is produced by SpectreVision's Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, Xyz Films' Nate Bolotin and Umedia's Adrian Politowski and is exec produced by Nick Spicer, Lisa Whalen, Todd Brown, Martin Metz, Peter Bevan, Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse with Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures financing. Film is currently in pre-production…
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Karyn Kusama interview: Xx, women in horror, scary movies in times of adversity

Sarah Dobbs May 8, 2017

The director of The Invitation and Jennifer’s Body talks horror anthologies and low-budget filmmaking…

You’d be forgiven for being a bit fed up with hearing about women in horror at this point. Over the last few years, there’ve been any number of trend pieces written about exciting new female horror directors, all excitedly pointing out that horror isn’t just a boys’ club any more. And that’s kind of frustrating, for two reasons: because horror never was just for boys in the first place, and because we’re still nowhere near achieving any kind of equality behind the camera.

It’s something director Karyn Kusama knows better than most. Her career is built on stories that challenge gender norms (her 2000 debut Girlfight starred Michelle Rodriguez as an underdog determined to make it in the male-dominated world of boxing, while 2009’s Jennifer’s Body
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Jonas Arnby, Ulrika Bengts films selected for Nordic Genre Boost

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Jonas Arnby, Ulrika Bengts films selected for Nordic Genre Boost
Seven films selected for scheme, which awards projects a $24,000 development fund.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has confirmed the seven genre film projects selected for its popular Nordic Genre Boost scheme.

Scroll down for a full list of projects

Selections include the second feature from When Animals Dream (pictured) director Jonas Arnby of Denmark; the third feature from Finnish director Ulrika Bengts (The Disciple) and the directorial debut feature of Swedish producer Olivier Guerpillon, whose producing credits include Sound of Noise.

A total of 61 projects applied for the third and final round of Nordic Genre Boost development support.

Each project receives a $24,000 (NOK200,00) development grant, and access to two residential workshops: one held in collaboration with Night Visions International Festival in Helsinki (April 5-9), and a second during New Nordic Films’ Co-Production and Finance Market in Haugesund (Aug 22-25).

Guest tutors at the workshops include Jinga FilmsJulian Richards, Xyz FilmsTodd Brown, Lindsay Peters
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Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Xx,' the Horror Anthology With a Killer Feminist Agenda

Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Xx,' the Horror Anthology With a Killer Feminist Agenda
If the saying "no guts, no glory" holds true, then there's a serious discrepancy happening in the world of horror. Though women -- your scream queens, your final girls -- have so often offered up their guts to genre films, men are still predominately pulling the strings behind the scenes. That's not the case with Xx, a horror anthology featuring four killer tales by four female directors: Annie Clark (aka rocker St. Vincent, making her directorial debut), Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama and Roxanne Benjamin. The story of how Xx came to be -- and how it hopes to upend the horror industry -- is best told by the women behind it.

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A director and student of horror maestro Guillermo del Toro, Vuckovic conceived Xx after noticing that despite the horror anthology's extensive history, female creatives have been virtually absent. She partnered with producer Todd Brown of Xyz Films to change that.

Jovanka Vuckovic (writer-director
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Sundance 2017: Rlj Entertainment Acquires Dave Bautista-Starring Bushwick

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Daily Dead recently interviewed Bushwick star Dave Bautista and co-directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion at the Sundance Film Festival, and following the thriller’s world premiere at the fest’s Midnight program, Rlj Entertainment has already acquired Bushwick for Us distribution.

A theatrical release date for Bushwick, which also stars Brittany Snow, is not yet known, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated when more details are announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release with more information:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (January 27, 2017) – Xyz Films and Wme Global have announced that they have sold the U.S. rights for the Sundance action thriller Bushwick to Rlj Entertainment in a seven-figure deal for a theatrical release. The film, which was directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), made its world premiere at the festival. The film stars Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow. In addition, talks
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Xx: Canadian Theatrical And Digital Release News For Female-Driven Horror Anthology

Oh, Canada. If you are as excited about the female-driven horror anthology Xx as we are here in the Great White North then here is some news about when and where you can watch it. Consider this your patriotic duty as technically Xx is at its roots a Canadian film since it all began with filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic and producer Todd Brown here in Toronto.    Xx is a female-driven horror anthology with each director given full creative license to tell any story they choose revolving around a female protagonist. While the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre in a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales...

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Sundance: Dave Bautista-Brittany Snow Thriller ‘Bushwick’ Sold to Rlj Entertainment

Rlj Entertainment has bought U.S. theatrical rights to the Dave Bautista-Brittany Snow thriller “Bushwick” for at least $1 million following the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (“Cooties”), follows Snow’s character, who discovers that her Brooklyn neighborhood is under attack by black-clad soldiers. Bautista plays an ex-Marine corpsman, who reluctantly helps her fight for survival through a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the United States of America.

Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire said in his Sundance review, “Even if the low-budget execution is uneven at times, there’s enough snap to the filmmaking, and enough raw power in the premise, to make for solid B-movie excitement. A surprisingly potent performance from professional wrestler (and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ co-star) Dave Bautista should add to the appeal for a young male audience.”


Sundance: Amazon
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Director Karyn Kusama On Sundance Horror Movie: "Women Have a Lot to Be Really F—ing Afraid Of"


"Xx was created in direct response to the lack of opportunities in film, particularly in the horror genre," says Jovanka Vuckovic, the horror zine journalist turned producer who in 2012 came up with the idea for the film with friend Todd Brown, a onetime horror website founder currently working at specialty production company Xyz Films (which produced the film). "Horror is an area...
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Shoot underway on zombie musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse'

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Shoot underway on zombie musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse'
Exclusive: Mark Benton, Paul Kaye join Ella Hunt; Amp handles sales; Creative Scotland among backers.

Shoot on zombie comedy-musical Anna And The Apocalypse is underway in and around Glasgow, Scotland.

In the movie, a girl and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.

Emerging UK actress Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) stars in the title role alongside Mark Benton (ITV drama The Halcyon) who plays her father and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones), who plays the wicked antagonist Savage.

Ryan McHenry, who wrote and directed the 2010 short film Zombie Musical upon which it is based, wrote the original script and was due to direct the feature but the filmmaker died of cancer in 2015 aged 27. He was best known for creating viral hit Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal
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Wickedly Creepy Trailer for the Female Driven Horror Anthology Film Xx

The first trailer has been released for the horror anthology film Xx. This is a unique horror movie project as it's driven by four women directors. When talking about the importance of the project, producer Todd Brown said:

“One of the givens of so many horror films has been the objectification of young women, and we thought it was time for a different approach to scaring audiences and letting the female voice be heard.”

The result looks awesomely creepy! There are some crazy looking stories in this movie and they come along with some wonderfully nightmarish visuals. The film is set to screen at Sundance later this month and it's on my list of must-see films while I'm there. Here's the synopsis for the film including the names of the directors and the title of the film that each one directs in the anthology.

Xx is a new all-female helmed
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Iffam: Project Pitching Gets Lively Start at Macao’s Crouching Tigers Market

Star directing names Nicolas Winding Refn, Lu Chuan and Erik Matti encounter top film industry executives including Fox International Productions chief Tomas Jegeus and Ivanhoe PicturesKatherine Lee in the first edition of the Iffam’s Crouching Tigers Project Lab.

Launched as part of the infant festival’s Industry Hub, Crouching Tigers is intended to act as a place where filmmakers can find finance and co-production opportunities.

The Lab presents 12 projects from Asia and beyond. The inaugural selection includes nine genre film projects (six selected by Iffam; and one each from Blood Window of Ventana Sur, the Sitges Project Lab and Frontieres International Co-Production Market) and three non-genre projects.

Among the projects are Danish filmmaker Refn’s Denmark-France-u.K. co-production “The Avenging Silence,” which is seeking distribution and financing. The project was pitched by producer Lene Borglum, who co-founded production company Space Rocket with Refn. Borglum said that “Silence” is
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Sundance 2017 Drops Final Feature Wave

One of the most prestigious festivals in the world -- Sundance -- dropped its final wave of feature programming for its 2017 edition today. Last week, we covered the Next and competition titles. There are a ridiculous amount of films announced, and instead of just copying and pasting everything, I'm going to focus on a few categories. To see the list of features that have been announced, simply check out Sundance's site here.  I'm particularly interested in the midnight, spotlight, and world premiere categories -- and even more so, Xx and Bushwick from Xyz Films. (Disclosure: Todd Brown is a partner in Xyz, and he has not paid me to say this.) Xx is the very first all-woman-directed horror anthology and features segments from Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne...

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The Void Acquired by Screen Media Films for Us Distribution

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A hospital's halls turn into creepy corridors of horror in The Void, which has been acquired by Screen Media Films for Us distribution following its recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.

The Void is expected to hit theaters in early 2017. You can read the press below for full details on Screen Media Films acquiring The Void for Us distribution, and in case you missed them, check out Heather's Fantastic Fest review of the movie and her interview with the movie's co-writer/directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, as well as producer Casey Walker.

Press Release: New York, November 18, 2016 – Screen Media Films acquired U.S. rights for the horror title “The Void”, which is written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski and stars Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Stephanie Belding, and Kenneth Welsh, will be released in theaters day-and-date in Q1 2017. The film previously made its world premiere
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Haugesund: Scary Movies Get Showcase From Nordic Genre Boost

Launched last year by the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fund, which promotes and supports films from the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on an annual $12.2 million budget, the Nordic Genre Boost will this year present seven new projects at New Nordic Films, the market of the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway, which runs Aug. 20-26.

At the same time, the first feature project presented at the 2015 Nordic Genre Boost in Helsinki will screen in the New Nordic Films program: Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s ”Lake Bodom,”a horror film produced by Finland’s Don Films, Film Constellation, Post Control Helsinki, with Estonia’s Münchhausen Productions.

Scripted by Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen, it tells the story of four teenagers who were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent at the lake in 1960. The unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, and in the present day,
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Seven projects to receive Nordic Genre Boost support

Seven projects to receive Nordic Genre Boost support
City State director Olaf de Fleur and Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken among those backed.Scroll down for the full list

Seven titles have been selected by the Nordisk Film & TV fund for the second round of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.

Three sci-fi films, City State director Olaf de Fleur’s new project East By Eleven, Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Substitute and To Guard A Mountain director Izer Aliu’s Deep Down, have been picked.

Also on the list are Thordur Palsson’s debut feature psychological horror The Damned, Saara Saarela’s dystopian drama Memory Of Water, Hanna Bergholm’s horror-drama Birds Of A Feather and Tor Fruergaard’s animation Bente And The Mutant Scouts.

A total of 83 titles applied for the second round of the initiative, with the selected projects receiving a grant of $23.3k (Nok 200,000) for development support, access to two residential workshops with script tutoring, and assistance
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