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The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City is a stunning collection of original, terrifying fiction from a unique cast of master storytellers including Ethan Hawke, Eli Roth, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Christopher Denham and James DeMonaco. [Click To Enlarge] Jason Blum invited an impressive group of authors, filmmakers, and screenwriters to envision a city of their choosing . . . and to let their demons run wild. Disturbing, suspenseful, devious, and entertaining, each tale showcases an innovative voice in a definitive collection every bit as devilish and demonic as Blumhouse’s films. Taken together, the twenty provocative stories in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City create the unforgettable cityscape of a new world of horror. The Blumhouse Book of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Jodie Foster has started production on her new film as director, the hostage thriller Money Monster. According to Deadline, it’s about what happens when a TV financial pundit and stock tip advisor is held at gunpoint, and the captor threatens to kill him if the broadcast is stopped. This means the whole world gets to watch as the stand-off plays out.
Clooney is playing the victim; Roberts is the producer of his show – also called Money Monster – and apparently a love interest; now Giancarlo Esposito is joining in as the NYPD lead office in charge of defusing the situation.
Without wanting to give too much away, there’s a lot in Money Monster that hits a nerve. It’s a topical story, and would probably pass for satirical too if it were less about tension and suspense. »
- Brendon Connelly
In 2008, actor and filmmaker Christopher Denham wrote and directed what’s still one of the more underrated films in the contemporary phenomenon of Pov horror. That film, Home Movie, was an eerie, intimate and ghastly account of two children terrorizing their parents. Since, Denham has been seen in the likes of Sound of My Voice,…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Although the logline may suggest yet another variation on the “Most Dangerous Game” playbook — hunters become prey during an out-of-season visit to a nature preserve — “Preservation” ultimately impresses as an arrestingly suspenseful thriller that takes clever narrative twists and turns while moving through familiar territory. It’s difficult to give writer-director Christopher Denham full credit for his ingenuity without spoiling at least two genre-tweaking surprises. But respectful reviews and favorable word of mouth could help this small-budget indie not just survive but thrive in various platforms.
Even during the leisurely paced expository scenes, Denham suggests undercurrents of trepidation while constructing his setup and introducing his three main characters: Sean (Pablo Schreiber), a tightly coiled Afghanistan War vet who seems intent on drinking away bad memories; Mike (Aaron Staton), his workaholic businessman brother, who remains inextricably attached to his smartphone even during a weekend getaway; and Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), Mike’s wife, »
- Joe Leydon
Nickelodeon star Jack Griffo has joined the cast of “Those Left Behind,” an indie movie starring Daphne Zuniga (“Melrose Place”), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), Debra Mooney (“Everwood”) and Coby McLaughlin (“Parenthood”), TheWrap has learned.
Upon returning to her childhood home with her son to see her ailing mother, Shelly (Zuniga) must confront the demons of her past in order »
- Jeff Sneider
Christopher Denham's Preservation is a violent yet agreeably goofy throwback to the survival-in-the-woods genre, with shades of Southern Comfort, Deliverance, and even The Blair Witch Project (though it's not found-footage, thank goodness). Heading into a closed nature preserve for a weekend of shooting at four-legged animals are recent war veteran Sean (Pablo Schreiber), his brother Mike (Mad Men's Aaron Staton, continuing to have awful luck on camping trips), and Mike's wife, Wit (Wrenn Schmidt), a vegan anesthesiologist who doesn't care for killing, nor how Pablo brings out Mike's latent nozzlehood. They wake to find their stuff is gone, X's marked on their foreheads, and that they're being hunted by an indeterminate number of bad »
7 items from 2015
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