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Fed up with Euro dominance of the Oscar foreign-language category, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz and Georges Chamchoum decided to do something about it: They created the Asian World Film Festival and launched it in the industry’s backyard last year.
Now the fest is returning for its second outing in Culver City: It kicks off Oct. 24 with a screening of Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” and concludes Nov. 1 with John H. Lee’s Korean hit “Operation Chromite,” starring Liam Neeson as Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
The festival, sponsored by Variety, will honor pioneering “Bambi” illustrator Tyrus “Ty” Wong with a lifetime achievement award Oct. 24; Pam Tom’s documentary about him will screen on his 106th birthday the following day. Korean-American actor-director Justin Chon, best known for his work in the “Twilight Saga,” will receive the fest’s Rising Star Award. Panels on topics ranging from marketing to women in Hollywood are also on the agenda. »
- Diane Garrett
A road trip turns sideways for four friends in Satanic, starring Sarah Hyland, Steven Krueger, Justin Chon, and Clara Mamet, and Magnolia Home Entertainment's Magnet label will release the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on October 4th:
Press Release: "Los Angeles – The blood-curdling thrill ride, Satanic, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD on October 4th from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. Starring Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), Steven Krueger (“The Originals”), Justin Chon (Twilight) and Clara Mamet (“The Neighbors”), Satanic follows four coeds as they summon unforgiving demons and make promises they quickly regret.
Before taking a road trip to Coachella, the group checks into the Flower Hotel, the scene of Lainey Gore’s gruesome suicide in homage to Satan himself, for their own satanic tour in the City of Angels. The thrill seekers visit the site of the infamous Manson murders and an unnerving satanic store, »
- Tamika Jones
Startup studio Supergravity has acquired Italian filmmaker Spaghetto’s film “Twerkumentary” and plans a December release globally across all platforms, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film covers the origins of twerking and the evolution of its cultural impact — including a deeper conversation about empowerment, freedom of expression and the influence that music and the Internet have on cultures around the world.
“Making this documentary has been a long and interesting journey that took me all over the world,” Spaghetto said. “It started because I wanted people to understand more about the origins of the dance and I also wanted to explore some of the topics that its pop evolution generated; cultural appropriation, feminism, freedom of expression, social media and trends.
“With this idea in mind, »
- Dave McNary
In today’s Horror Highlights, we have a poster for Nikhil Bhagat’s As They Continue to Fall, a new short film written by C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister) that premieres this fall. We also have Blu-ray / DVD release details for Siren and Satanic.
Poster and Details for As They Continue to Fall: As They Continue to Fall was directed by Nikhil Bhagat from a screenplay by C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister). The atmospheric and intriguing short film will be released this fall, and we’ll be sure to share it with Daily Dead readers.
“From a writer of Marvel’s Doctor Strange comes a film about an aging drifter that hunts fallen angels in a city collapsing into ruins.”
- Tamika Jones
Hitting the big screen on August 5th, Suicide Squad's Joker comes to life in a new sixth scale figure from Hot Toys and Sideshow. In addition to images and release details on the Toy Fair figure, we also have an exclusive audio excerpt from composer Todd Haberman's score for the horror film Satanic, as well as details on the Fantasia 2016 world premiere of Bed of the Dead.
Joker Sixth Scale Suicide Squad Figure: From Sideshow Collectibles: "Hahahaha...in DC Comics' upcoming blockbuster film, Suicide Squad, the new portrayal of the infamous The Joker has captured many fans attention since the character's first reveal! As a secret government agency recruits and imprison supervillians to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat, fans are anxious to see the Joker's role in the epic summer hit!
Today Sideshow »
- Derek Anderson
According to Satanic, Hell isn’t a place you visit. As screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski pens, Hell is described as a “beautiful confusion.” Yet after watching this devil-worshipping shitshow, I’ve come up with my own definition of Hell. It’s a horror movie where all the action happens off-camera, continuity means squat, and the budget costs less than four General Admission tickets to Coachella. That’s any horror fan’s true Hell, which I found myself living out for an hour-and-twenty-something minutes while director Jeffrey G. Hunt attempted to recreate a slice of La’s “Satanic Panic.”
Spoiler Alert: He doesn’t.
Sarah Hyland stars as a Coachella-bound spring breaker (Chloe) who stops off in Los Angeles for a quick 2-day tour into the dark world of occult practices. This isn’t Chloe’s idea, though. Her cousin Elise (Clara Mamet) demands the other-worldly pitstop, so Chloe agrees despite her »
- Matt Donato
From Southbound to Kristy, The Witch, Regression and even Deathgasm, Satan is all the rage. He’s being conjured in Magnet Releasing’s Satanic, a new supernatural teen-horror film starring Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), Justin Chon (“Twilight” series), Clara Mamet, and Steven Krueger. Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip from the film opening in limited theaters, on VOD and iTunes July 1. The clip […] »
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 17. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Synopsis: “After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. »
- Steve Greene
“Seoul Searching” follows a group of Korean teenagers in 1986 who travel to South Korea to participate in a government-sponsored program to help reconnect them with their roots. They’ve come from all over the world, from the United States to Hamburg, to party hardy in their homeland, flirting and drinking the nights away. However, the teens also learn a little bit about their ancestors’ struggles, and slowly come to terms with their own issues at home and abroad as well. Watch an exclusive clip from the film featuring Sid (Justin Chon) and Grace (Jessika Van) share a sweet moment in front of a Buddha statue.
Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #69: ‘Seoul Searching’ is the Angsty ’80s Korean Teen Dramedy You Never Realized You Wanted
“Seoul Searching” is written and directed by Benson Lee based on his own experiences as a teenager. His previous credits include “Planet B-Boy,” a documentary about the history of breakdancing and its global resurgence, and “Battle of the Year,” a 3D dance film based on “Planet B-Boy” starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”), Chris Brown (“Think Like a Man”), and Josh Peck (“Mean Creek”). The film is also executive produced by Ken Jeong, best known for his role on Dan Harmon’s sitcom “Community” as well as his appearances in “The Hangover” movies. “Seoul Searching” stars Justin Chon (“21 and Over”), Jessika Van (“The Gambler”), In-Pyo Cha (“Crossing”), Teo Yoo (“Day Night Day Night”), and more.
“Seoul Searching” premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens in New York City on June 17th and in Los Angeles on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
Satanic follows a van full of young, college-aged coeds who are visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.
Satanic is set for release on July 1st.
- Amie Cranswick
A road trip takes a devilish turn for a group of Coachella-bound friends in Satanic, a new horror film teased in its official trailer ahead of its July 1st debut from Magnet Releasing.
Synopsis: “Satanic follows a van full of young, college-aged coeds who are visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.”
Directed by Jeffrey Hunt from a screenplay by Anthony Jawinski, Satanic stars Sarah Hyland, Steven Krueger, Justin Chon, and Clara Mamet. Magnet Releasing will distribute the film in theaters and on iTunes and VOD beginning July 1st.
The post Watch the Official Trailer for Satanic appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
I'm a total sucker for movies about cults, satanic rituals and pretty much anything the deals with the occult. It's a left-over soft spot from my teenage years which I just can't seem to shake and once in a while, I feel the need to scratch the itch – especially when a little movie comes along that seems to do a fairly good job of the material. Satanic could well be the scratch.
Directed by long time TV director Jeffrey G. Hunt and staring a collection of familiar faces – though I'd be hard pressed to tell you exactly where I've seen any of them beyond Steven Krueger (he is/was a regular on "The Originals") and Justin Chon (ahem - Twilight - I'll pretend I didn't just admit to that...) - Satanic follows a group of friends who, on their way to Coachella [Continued ...] »
Professional dancer Krystal Ellswort, rising South Indian star Amitash Pradhan, Paul McGillion and Daphne Zuniga have joined Myriad Pictures, Das Films and Bowery Hills Entertainment’s Heartbeats. Myriad will handle sales in Berlin.
Writer-director Duane Adler has begun production in Mumbai on the tale of a feisty female American hip hop dancer who travels with her family to India and falls in love with a young man and a new style of dance.
Justin Chon, Salman Yussuf Khan, Kishori Shahane and Mohan Kapur round out the cast. Producers are Sriram Das, Andrea Chung and Karine Martin. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico serves as executive producer alongside Julie Stadler and CEO Brian Williams of co-financier Dance Network.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
13 items from 2016
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