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10 items from 2014


Shocking 'Graceland' ending explained: Mike had to 'pay for his sins'

10 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

This story contains major spoilers from the Graceland finale. If you haven’t watched, turn back now.

Did that just happen?!

That’s what many Graceland fans may have screamed at their televisions at the close of the season 2 finale. It’s a natural reaction considering the show has seemingly killed off its main character and said goodbye to series star Aaron Tveit.

Here’s how it all went down: Mike’s plan to take down corrupt FBI agent Sid Markham was about to come to fruition. What he didn’t know, however, is that Sid had discovered Graceland, effectively blowing Briggs’ cover, »

- Natalie Abrams

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Exclusive Interview with Randall Batinkoff for ’37: A Final Promise’

15 August 2014 8:47 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A pact to commit suicide is one tough promise.

Based off a true story, “37: A Final Promise” is about a musician who promised himself to commit suicide on his 37th birthday due to certain event in the past. But, a woman entered his life and began to change on how he saw love, hope and loss.

Randall Batinkoff (“Kick-Ass”) starred, directed and wrote the script based on the novel “How Angels Die” by Guy Blews. The film also starred Scottie Thompson (“Skyline”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), Kate Nauta (“Transporter 2”), Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”), Leon Robinson (“Cool Runnings”) and Bruce Davison (“X-Men”). It is the debut directorial feature film for Batinkoff.

Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with director/actor Randall Batinkoff for this movie. We discussed about the book adaptation, the true story, directing challenges, the music and acting in his own movie.

“37: A Final Promise »

- Gig Patta

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Exclusive Clip from ’37: A Final Promise’

15 August 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Is a promise is a promise?

Based off a true story, “37: A Final Promise” is about a musician who promised himself to commit suicide on his 37th birthday due to certain event in the past. But, a woman entered his life and began to change on how he saw love, hope and loss.

Randall Batinkoff (“Kick-Ass”) starred, directed and wrote the script based on the novel “How Angels Die” by Guy Blews. The film also starred Scottie Thompson (“Skyline”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), Kate Nauta (“Transporter 2”), Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”), Leon Robinson (“Cool Runnings”) and Bruce Davison (“X-Men”). It is the debut directorial feature film for Batinkoff.

“37: A Final Promise” has a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles and New York now. It is also available on VOD from Gravitas Ventures.

Check out the exclusive clip below that features Adam (Batinkoff) getting a surprise visit from »

- Gig Patta

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Randall Batinkoff, Scott Wolf Dish on Story Behind '37' (Video)

12 August 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”) and Randall Batinkoff (“Kick-Ass”) sat down with TheWrap to talk about their new film “37: A Final Promise,” on the latest episode of “Drinking with the Stars.” The film, written and directed by Batinkoff, is about rocker Adam Webb (Batinkoff), who plans to commit suicide when he turns 37, but has a change of heart when he meets Jemma (Scottie Thompson) and falls in love. Also read: ‘Kick-Ass’ Star Directs ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Party of Five’ Favorites in Suicidal Rocker Biopic (Exclusive Video) “It was a movie and it was a story that just knocked me sort of. »

- Alex Reed

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Film Review: ‘37: A Final Promise’

8 August 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although it slyly teases its audience with hints of paranormal activity in the early going, “37: A Final Promise” gradually emerges an old-fashioned tearjerker set to a goth-rock soundtrack. Commercial prospects appear extremely iffy for Randall Batinkoff’s indie romantic drama, but simpatico viewers who happen upon the film on VOD or in limited theatrical exposure may be pleasantly surprised by the cumulate impact of its affecting performances and involving narrative. To put it another way: The film deserves more than just a passing grade, and is a good deal better than any plot synopsis might make it sound.

Batinkoff does quadruple duty as director, co-producer, co-scripter (with Jesse Stratton) and star of the filmed-in-Los Angeles feature, which pivots on the fateful intersection of two lives rapidly approaching dead ends.

Adam Webb (Batinkoff), the moody, much-tattooed lead singer for a semi-legendary group called Wendigo, seems conspicuously underwhelmed while hyping the »

- Joe Leydon

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‘Kick-Ass’ Star Directs ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Party of Five’ Favorites in Suicidal Rocker Biopic (Exclusive Video)

5 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Guilt-ridden rocker Adam Webb (Randall Batinkoff of “Kick-Ass”) vows to kill himself in “37: A Final Promise.” But just a few weeks shy of the pre-planned expiration date — his 37th birthday — he meets Jemma (Scottie Thompson of “Skyline”) and falls in love. Also read: ‘Batman v Superman’ Set Video Shows Off Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne Haunted by painful memories and a traumatic past, the love struck singer is conflicted between exacting his suicide plan or running off with his new gal. So, naturally, he visits a psychic (played by Bruce Davison, the senator from “X-Men”) for advice. The story is. »

- Travis Reilly

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Rock Star Drama ’37: A Final Promise’ Gets U.S. Distribution (Exclusive)

5 June 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent rock star drama “37: A Final Promise” has been set for theatrical and VOD release on Aug. 8 by Gravitas Ventures.

Randall Batinkoff (“Kick-Ass”) stars with Scottie Thompson (“Skyline”), Tricia Helfer, Kate Nauta, Scott Wolf, Leon Robinson and Bruce Davison (“X-Men”).

The story, based on the Guy Blews novel, centers on a rock star who plans to fulfill a vow to kill himself on his 37th birthday to atone for a  crime he committed as a child. With only 12 weeks to go before his expiration date (and release of his final album), he meets and falls madly in love with Thompson’s character.

“37: A Final Promise” is produced by Aarimax Films and Sww Creative. Batinkoff directed and produced with Blews and Leila Djansi. Gordon Winston and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff exec produced.

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- Dave McNary

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Beyond Skyline Moves Forward With New Title, Director And Sales Poster

23 May 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I was not a fan of Skyline, a 2010 alien invasion flick from The Brothers Strause (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem) which failed to add much of anything to its genre. Though trailers, which showed people getting sucked up by eery blue beams of light, were moderately intriguing, the final product was lazy and awfully written (audiences agreed, giving it a D- CinemaScore rating). Regardless, the flick grossed $70 million worldwide against a budget of $10 million, more than enough to justify a sequel. And now, with the announcement of the newly-named Beyond Skyline, we’ll be getting one.

An official Facebook page launched on May 19th served as our first notice that a sequel was actively in the works. According to that page, Liam O’Donnell, who both wrote and produced the first film, will be directing and penning the script for Beyond Skyline. The film will serve as O’Donnell’s directorial »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Alien Invasion Flick Skyline Might Get a Sequel After All

22 May 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

If you saw brothers/co-directors Greg and Colin Strause’s 2010 alien invasion movie “Skyline,” then you know that the ending of the film sets up a sequel. Not a terrible surprise, I know. These days, every genre film is almost expected to launch a franchise or, as is the fashion, a trilogy. “Skyline” was no different. Unfortunately a sequel never happened, even though the film did earn $66 million worldwide from a relatively cheap $10 million budget. While that may sound like a lot, the movie was heavily promoted beyond its budget, so $66 really wasn’t that much. And so, we never really found out what happened to the two main characters played by Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson. But maybe we’ll finally find out when director Liam O’Donnell directs the sequel, “Beyond Skyline,” which is currently being sold to potential buyers (and financiers) over at Cannes. To help with the sale, »

- Nix

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Liam O'Donnell Goes Beyond Skyline

21 May 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Remember Skyline? The loony sci-fi FX showcase arrived in 2010 courtesey of tech-heads The Brothers Strauss (AvP: Requiem), and enjoyed a spirited rivalry with the similarly themed Battle: Los Angeles, released at almost exactly the same time. Neither was critically adored, but both did reasonably well at the box office. And while we might have predicted that, of the two, Battle: La would be the one to get a follow-up, it's actually Skyline that turns out to be heading for a sequel. As just revealed at Cannes, Liam O'Donnell, the original's writer and producer, will be the director of Beyond Skyline. There's a poster too.Skyline was an alien invasion affair, in which the human race came off really rather badly. Eric Balfour (from Marcus Nispel's Texas Chainsaw remake) starred as our nominal hero Jarrod, with support from Scottie Thompson, David Zayas and Donald Faison. The Strause Brothers always intended a franchise, »

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