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The Dead Are Restless & Angry in Official Trailer for New TV Series Ghost Wars

21 September 2017 7:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When spirits are trapped, they tend to get angry, making life a living hell for residents of a small Alaskan town that's riddled with the restless dead in Ghost Wars. The new Syfy series premieres this October, but before it does, you can get an idea of the ghoulish encounters to come in a new trailer featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates, and Meat Loaf Aday.

"Set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, the series focuses on local outcast Roman Mercer who must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all."

Ghost Wars stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates, Avan Jogia, Kandyse McClure and Meat Loaf. Simon Barry serves as the creator/showrunner, while the show is written and executive produced by Dennis Heaton. »

- Derek Anderson

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Syfy’s “Ghost Wars” Trailer Spooks an Entire Town

21 September 2017 6:46 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Syfy has finally shared the official trailer for “Ghost Wars”, a paranormal action series that will reteam the network with “Van Helsing” producer Nomadic Pictures. Vincent D’Onofrio (Sinister), Kim Coates (Silent Hill, Resident Evil: Afterlife), Avan Jogia, Kristin Lehman and Meatloaf topline the 10-episode series, which like “Van Helsing” will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy October 5 at 10/9c. Set in a […] »

- Brad Miska

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Comic-Con 2017 Interview: Meat Loaf and Vincent D’Onofrio on Joining the Cast of Ghost Wars

2 August 2017 4:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Set to premiere this fall is Syfy’s new paranormal-themed series, Ghost Wars, which boasts an incredible ensemble that includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates, Meat Loaf, Avan Jogia, and Kandyse McClure. While in San Diego last weekend at Comic-Con, Daily Dead spoke briefly with two of Ghost Wars’ co-stars, and veteran actors, Vincent D’Onofrio and Meat Loaf. The duo discussed the big appeal of joining the cast of Ghost Wars, and Meat Loaf also reminisced about his time collaborating with Dario Argento for his episode of Masters of Horror, entitled "Pelts."

So, coming into the show, what was the biggest appeal for you guys? Was it the different genre elements, the characters, or the fact that it was something different?

Meat Loaf: The reason that I came into the show is because when I got sent the script, the writing of Simon Barry, who I was a huge fan of already, »

- Heather Wixson

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Comic-Con 2017 Interview: Creator/Executive Producer Simon Barry Talks Ghost Wars

31 July 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Coming to Syfy this fall is Ghost Wars, a new paranormal-themed series which features an incredible cast including Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates, Meat Loaf, Avan Jogia, and Kandyse McClure. While in San Diego last weekend at Comic-Con, Daily Dead briefly spoke with Ghost Wars creator and executive producer, Simon Barry, and he discussed the challenges of creating a unique supernatural story for television, working with his ensemble, and he teased the new series’ unusual spin on ghosts and defying fans’ expectations of those kinds of entities in their entertainment.

It seems like, from the trailer, this is a very much different approach to the supernatural that a lot of other shows are doing or have done in the past. Can you talk about the challenges of taking on a story like this and some of your inspirations behind Ghost Wars?

Simon Barry: Yeah, well, I grew up on »

- Heather Wixson

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Comic-Con 2017 Interview: Ghost Wars Executive Producer Dennis Heaton on Creating a Whole New Supernatural World for the Upcoming Syfy Series

28 July 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Set to premiere this fall (hopefully in time for the Halloween season) is Syfy's new paranormal-themed series Ghost Wars, which boasts an incredible ensemble that includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates, Meat Loaf, Avan Jogia, and Kandyse McClure. While in San Diego last weekend at Comic-Con, Daily Dead briefly spoke with Ghost Wars executive producer Dennis Heaton during a press event for the show, and he chatted about creating a supernatural series that can stand out amongst its peers, his experiences working with Syfy, putting together the cast of Ghost Wars, and more.

So, based on the trailer, this looks a little bit different than what we may be expecting. I don't know what a typical supernatural show is, but it seems like there’s more than just some ghosts going on in this.

Dennis Heaton: Yeah, it's a pretty atypical supernatural show. It was one of the things, »

- Heather Wixson

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Comic-Con 2017: Watch the First Trailer for Ghost Wars, Co-Starring Vincent D’Onofrio & Meat Loaf

23 July 2017 7:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The dead will not rest in a small Alaskan town on the new Syfy series Ghost Wars. With a cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio and Meat Loaf, Ghost Wars had a paranormal presence at Comic-Con this past week, and Syfy has now revealed the first trailer online. 

"Ghost Wars is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. Local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons if he’s to harness his repressed psychic powers and save everyone from the mass haunting that’s threatening to destroy them all.

The 13-episode, hour-long drama will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy this fall and elsewhere globally on Netflix in 2017."

The series stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates, Avan Jogia, Kandyse McClure and Meat Loaf. Simon Barry serves as the creator/showrunner, while the show is written and executive produced by Dennis Heaton. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Ghost Wars’ Trailer: “Unholy Sh*t” Hits Fan In First Look At Syfy Horror Series – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Syfy used the Comic-Con panel for its upcoming Ghost Wars to unveil the first look at the paranormal horror series from Nomadic Pictures, which also produced the network’s Van Helsing. Fans at the Room 6A presentation today were shown the trailer, which marks the first real footage shown of the project. Check it out above. Ghost Wars stars Avan Jogia, Vincent D’Onofrio, Meat Loaf, Kim Coates and Kandyse McClure. Set in the remote Alaskan town of Port Moore as it is being… »

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Avan Jogia

16 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Avan Jogia is a Canadian actor who was born in Vancouver, British Colombia, on February 9, 1992. He is also a director and an activist. He first became a prominent figure in 2006 when he portrayed Danny Araujo in ‘A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story’. He is also well-known for playing Danny Desai in the television series ‘Twisted’ and for playing Beck Oliver in ‘Victorious, a Nickelodeon sitcom. The actor, who is a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom, moved to the United States during his teens. It was at this stage in his life that

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Avan Jogia »

- Nat Berman

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Film Review: ‘The Drowning’

10 May 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There is a certain shot that’s so emblematic of a type of twisty, dark-secrets-of-the-past thriller that it could be used as the header image for the genre’s section on Netflix. In the blue low-contrast light of deep night, a camera pans across tousled bedclothes to find a couple in an embrace. The woman is in profile, nestled in the crook of the man’s neck, asleep. The man is facing the camera and his eyes are open. There is Something On His Mind. Does he have a dark secret in his past?

When that shot occurs about 50 minutes into “The Drowning,” the film adaptation of acclaimed novelist Pat Barker’s “Border Crossing,” its familiarity simply confirms the generally uninspired tone of the proceedings. In fact, the film’s biggest surprise may come when the credits roll to reveal that this almost perfectly bland, low-intensity mystery is directed by »

- Jessica Kiang

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Vincent D’Onofrio to star in new SyFy series Ghost Wars

4 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil, Full Metal Jacket, Jurassic World) is set to star in a brand-new SyFy series entitled Ghost Wars.

Ghost Wars creator Simon Barry (Van Helsing), spoke to Deadline about the upcoming paranormal show, stating that: “Ghost Wars is not just a contemporary homage to classic psychological horror, it’s also an opportunity to tell stories about human politics and how we shape our beliefs and lives based on our individual perspectives and biases. Science, Humanism, Religion and the Paranormal all get a seat at the table. I’m grateful that Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev have assembled such a wealth of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, to hopefully elevate this genre series beyond expectations.”

With shows like The Expanse, The Magicians, the upcoming Krypton, and (the underrated) Channel Zero, SyFy really seems to be making a comeback. In addition to Vincent D’Onofrio, »

- Jordan Jones

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Vincent D'Onofrio's Ghost Wars, From Continuum Creator, Lands at Syfy

3 May 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Syfy has acquired from Nomadic Pictures Ghost Wars, a paranormal thriller created by Simon Barry (Continuum) and starring Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Ci) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy).

RelatedKilljoys, Dark Matter, Sharknado 5 and Others Get Syfy Premiere Dates

The cast also includes Avan Jogia (Tut), Kristin Lehman (The Killing) and Meat Loaf (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedSyfy’s Krypton: In Leaked Trailer, Grandpa Has a Message for Superman

Set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, “Ghost Wars is not just a contemporary homage to classic psychological horror, »

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‘Ghost Wars’ Starring Vincent D’Onofrio & Kim Coates Set At Syfy

3 May 2017 8:33 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Syfy has made a deal for Ghost Wars, a paranormal action series that will reteam the network with Van Helsing producer Nomadic Pictures. Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates, Avan Jogia, Kristin Lehman and Meatloaf topline the 13-episode series, which like Van Helsing will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy and elsewhere globally on Netflix. A 2017 bow is planned. Simon Barry (Continuum, Van Helsing) created the series and will serve as showrunner, with production underway now in… »

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Syfy Lands 'Ghost Wars' Drama Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates

3 May 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Syfy is adding another acquisition to its scripted offerings.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has acquired 13-episode drama series Ghost Wars from Nomadic Pictures, with Simon Barry (Van Helsing) as showrunner and starring Vincent D'Onofrio and Kim Coates.

The drama, set in an Alaskan town overrun by paranormal forces, will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy and elsewhere globally on Netflix.

Ghost Wars is created by Barry, who expands his relationship with Syfy following Continuum and fellow acquisition Van Helsing. Production on the drama started May 1 in Vancouver. The series revolves around local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia, Tut) who »

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May 2017 Film Preview

27 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Snatched

Women directors are set to dominate screens this May. Everything from luxurious Paris vacations to time travel to narratives about grief and regret are represented in this month’s batch of films.

The month’s releases begin May 3 with Jill Campbell’s doc “Mr. Chibbs,” about a former NBA star figuring out his next phase in life. Then May 5 will bring us Ela Thier’s time travel dramedy “Tomorrow Ever After,” the period drama “A Woman’s Life,” and a story about the intense friendship between two mentally ill women in “Like Crazy.” Also out the fifth is Oscar winner Laura Poitras’ latest documentary, “Risk,” which follows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over six years.

May 5 sees the release of “3 Generations,” a portrait of a young trans man Ray (Elle Fanning) as he begins his transition. Directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, “3 Generations” has sparked controversy since its Cannes premiere in 2015. Many critics and activists are disappointed that Fanning, a cis woman, was selected to play a transgender character. The film has also made headlines for its “R” rating, which The Weinstein Company is challenging.

One week later, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will test their chops as a comedy duo in “Snatched.” Written by “Ghostbusters” scribe Katie Dippold, the film follows a wild daughter (Schumer) who recruits her conservative mother (Hawn) for an exotic vacation that goes horribly wrong.

May’s first few weeks also bring a couple dramas about domestic life to theaters. May 12’s “Paris Can Wait” is Eleanor Coppola’s feature directorial debut and follows one woman’s (Diane Lane) journey of self-discovery as she travels to Paris with a colleague of her inattentive husband. In Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” out May 19, “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston plays a husband and father who chooses to isolate himself from the world in his own attic, giving him time to contemplate his life and the choices he’s made.

May 19 is also the premiere of Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” which centers on a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg), who is physically incapable of surviving the outside world, and her romance with the boy next door (Nick Robinson).

The final weekend in May features the release of director Cate Shortland’s critically-acclaimed “Berlin Syndrome.” In this romance turned thriller, Theresa Palmer stars as a woman locked in a man’s apartment against her will, who must come up with some way to escape his grasp.

Here are all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films premiering in May. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

May 3

Mr. Chibbs” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Jill Campbell (Opens in NY)

Mr. Chibbs

This observational documentary follows NYC basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson in the midst of a mid-life crisis, on a journey to find himself. Reeling from his mother’s death and a subsequent DUI, “Chibbs” visits people and arenas from his past, confronting haunting memories, and ultimately finding solace in becoming the father he never had time to be. Combining unseen archival footage with raw moments of reflection, “Mr. Chibbs” is a portrait of an athlete coming to terms with his past as he searches for relevancy in his future.

May 5

“3 Generations”— Directed by Gaby Dellal; Written by Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith

“3 Generations”

Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who is in the midst of transitioning from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

Risk” (Documentary) — Directed by Laura Poitras

Risk

Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, “Risk” is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Tomorrow Ever After” — Written and Directed by Ela Thier

Tomorrow Ever After

Shaina (writer-director Ela Thier) is a historian who lives 600 years in the future. Humans, at this point, have cleaned up the planet. War, poverty, pollution, greed, exploitation, depression, loneliness — these are things that she’s read about in history books. And while she studied this dark period of history, in which money was viewed as more precious than people, she has never, in the flesh, seen humans hurt other humans — until now. While visiting a group of physicists who experiment with time travel, Shaina is accidentally left stranded in the year 2015. Here she involves herself with a group of friends who are as lovable as they are flawed. As the harsh realities of their lives unfold, she learns what no history book could have taught her.

“A Woman’s Life” — Co-Written by Florence Vignon (Opens in NY)

“A Woman’s Life”

Adapted from the novel “Une Vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

Like Crazy”— Co-Written by Francesca Archibugi (Opens in NY)

Like Crazy

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. “Like Crazy” tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse — the world of sane people.

Lady Bloodfight

Jane (Amy Johnson) is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling (Jenny Wu), the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai (Kathy Wu).

May 10

“Manifesto”

“Manifesto”

Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in “Manifesto,” embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. (Sundance Film Festival)

The Drowning”— Directed by Bette Gordon

The Drowning”: Paladin

The Drowning” is the story of a forensic psychologist (Josh Charles) who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy (Avan Jogia) to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

May 12

Snatched” — Written by Katie Dippold

Snatched

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter — in unpredictable, hilarious fashion — is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Paris Can Wait” — Written and Directed by Eleanor Coppola

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful and driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights.

The Wedding Plan” — Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

The Wedding Plan

At 32, Michal (Noa Koller) is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations, and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother (Irit Sheleg) and sister look on with trepidation.

Urban Hymn” (Also Available on VOD)

Urban Hymn

A redemptive coming of age story about wayward teen Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Tracktown” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Alexi Pappas (Also Available on VOD)

Twenty-one-year-old Plumb Marigold (Alexi Pappas) is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Co-Written and Directed by Maria Schrader

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish-Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader), his inner struggle for the “right attitude” towards the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

Dead Awake

Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced, by-the-books social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths involving people who died in their sleep. The victims all reported being terrorized by a dark entity that paralyzed and tormented them, before eventually killing them. Kate is joined in this quest by Evan (Jesse Bradford), an artist who is slow to believe that something supernatural is occurring.

Hounds of Love” (Also Available on VOD)

Hounds of Love

Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

“Hindi Medium”— Written by Zeenat Lakhani

“Hindi Medium” is a light-hearted romantic film about a young couple, Raj and Mita (Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar) who live in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, with aspirations to move into English-speaking society for their daughter’s sake. The film traces their trials and tribulations on this journey and the impact it has on their relationship on their family.

May 19

Everything, Everything” — Directed by Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, curious, and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together… even if it means losing everything.

Wakefield” — Written and Directed by Robin Swicord

Wakefield

Who among us has never wanted to walk away from it all? It is a cold fact of modern life that, some days, everything becomes too much. For Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), New York City lawyer, husband, and father of two, the overwhelming impulse to just leave arises one night as he stands in his own suburban driveway. Howard, however, does not run far. Inspired (or led?) by a raccoon, he enters the attic of his two-car garage, and proceeds to hide there for weeks.

Paint It Black” — Co-Written and Directed by Amber Tamblyn

Paint it Black

Paint It Black” is the story of the aftermath of Michael’s (Rhys Wakefield) death, and Josie’s (Alia Shawkat) struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael’s pianist mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), who holds Josie responsible for her son’s torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

Icaros: A Vision” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Leonor Caraballo (Opens in NY)

Icaros: A Vision

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman (Ana Cecilia Stieglitz) travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her “susto”: the disease of fear.

Champion” — Written by Missy Reed and Sarah Inabnit

Dirt track racer Sean Weathers (Andrew Cheney) was at the top of his game — an unstoppable career, scores of fans, and an adoring daughter. When a rivalry with another racer turns personal, the ego that propelled him to success causes a tragedy, sending his life into a tailspin. Jack Reed (Gary Graham) was attempting to make up for past mistakes. He had prospered as a businessman but failed as a family man. In a sudden turn of events, his chances for reconciliation are ripped from his grasp. Sean and Jack’s lives collide, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Working through a painful journey of healing together, they each learn about second chances and the true freedom only forgiveness can offer.

“The Woman Who Left” (Opens in NY)

“The Woman Who Left” tells the story of Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.

May 24

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Linda Saffire (Opens in NY)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to Nycb and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create “Restless Creature,” a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

May 26

Berlin Syndrome” — Directed by Cate Shortland

Berlin Syndrome

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.

May 2017 Film Preview 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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Movie Review – The Outcasts (2017)

13 April 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Outcasts, 2017.

Directed by Peter Hutchings.

Starring Eden Sher, Victoria Justice, Ashley Rickards, Katie Chang, Jazmyn Richardson, Peyton List, Claudia Lee, Avan Jogia.

Synopsis:

Two high school girls, tired of being bullied by the popular kids, set out to unite opposing factions of outsiders at their school in hopes of realigning the social pecking order.

The Outcasts, the new teen comedy from director Peter Hutchings, is a wildly entertaining surprise. While the film itself at first comes across as a rather stereotypical, low-budget Mean Girls rip-off, it blossoms into an incredibly funny, occasionally touching, and very well acted piece of entertainment.

The story follows two nerdy best friends as they try to navigate their final year of high school. Science-y Mindy (an outstanding Eden Sher, of television’s The Middle) and music nut Jodi (Victoria Justice of the recent Rocky Horror remake) decide to end their struggles by approaching Queen »

- Mike McClelland

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Old Man and The Gun,’ Grasshopper Film Picks Up ‘Bronx Gothic’ and More

24 March 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight will acquire the U.S., Canada and U.K. rights to to “The Old Man And The Gun,” Deadline reports. Director David Lowery’s drama stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek and Danny Glover and begins shooting on April 3.

Based on a true story, the film centers on bank robber and 17-time prison escapee Forrest Tucker (Redford). Affleck plays a detective obsessed with bringing Tucker to justice while Spacek plays Tucker’s love interest. The film is produced by Conde Nast Entertainment Wildwood Enterprises and Identity Films.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Neon Picks Up Errol Morris’ ‘The B-Side,’ FilmRise Gets Two Sundance Premieres and More

Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. rights »

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Teen comedy The Outcasts gets a new trailer

17 March 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director Peter Hutchings’ upcoming teen comedy The Outcasts. Described as ‘Mean Girls meets Revenge of the Nerds‘, the film stars Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Avan Jogia, Peyton List, Claudia Lee, Ashley Rickards, and Katie Chang; watch it below after the official synopsis…

The film follows best friends Jodi (Victoria Justice) and Mindy (Eden Sher), who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female (Claudia Lee) with the help of her ‘intern’ Mackenzie (Peyton List). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with an affable slacker (Avan Jogia), a girl scout with a secret (Katie Chang) and an »

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Swen Group Moves Into U.S. Distribution With Victoria Justice’s ‘Outcasts’ (Exclusive)

8 March 2017 8:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Swen is moving into North American distribution on the teen comedy “The Outcasts.” The film, starring Victoria Justice and Eden Sher, will be released on April 14 in movie theaters and VOD.

Swen, which stands for South West East North, was founded in 1985 and handles production, distribution, marketing and live events. Headquartered in Miami, the group also has offices in Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

The Outcasts,” described as “Mean Girls” meets “Revenge of the Nerds,” is being distributed by Swen in partnership with Vision Films and Eammon Films. The cast also includes Avan Jogia, Peyton List, Ashley Rickards, Claudia Lee and Katie Chang.

Justice and Sher portray best friends who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female (played by Lee). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, »

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Film Festival Roundup: Sun-Ray Cinema Unveils Sleeping Giant Fest, Sfiff Announces Closing Night and More

16 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Over the last five years, Jacksonville, Florida’s Sun-Ray Cinema has carved out a unique space for adventurous film programming while also reinventing how audiences enjoy blockbuster fare in Northeast Florida. Building on those successes, Sun-Ray has now unveiled their Sleeping Giant Fest. From March 30 – April 2, Sleeping Giant Fest promises to “open your eyes and perk your ears to work that often gets lost in the digital streams that dominate our viewing habits today.” The festival aims “to help you navigate an array of choices that often seems dizzying so you can immerse yourself in these so-called ‘less commercial’ films, repertory titles, and screenings with exciting special guests while enjoying the communal experience that the cinema provides.

With forty film and music events over four lively days, »

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Zoey Deutch and Boyfriend Avan Jogia Breakup After 5 Years Together

13 January 2017 6:37 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It looks like one of young Hollywood's favorite couples have called it quits. E! News has exclusively learned that Zoey Deutch and boyfriend Avan Jogia have "amicably" broken up after over five years together. While the details on what caused them to split remain unknown, a source tells us that "they broke up 4 months ago and remain friends." Deutch, 22, and Jogia, 24, first made headlines as a possible couple back in 2012 when they attended the Kids' Choice Awards together. Their romance was quickly proven to be true when they became inseparable in the following years. Jogia, who is best known for his role in Victorious, and Deutch, who can currently be seen opposite James Franco and »

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