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One time, a very long time ago, Ben Mendelsohn still lived in Melbourne and so did I. He wound up at my house and I wanted to be an actor so I asked him all about it. I don’t remember much of what he said but I remember this because it seemed universal for most Australian creatives: have a back-up plan.
“My advice in that respect hasn’t changed,” Mendelsohn says when we meet again, with his latest film, Black Sea, in Australian cinemas and small-screen drama, Bloodline, on Netflix. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a great thing not to have another option on the table. When it gets lean and dry, it’s pretty tough, and it can go »
- Toby McCasker
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
Breaking down barriers and erasing labels, the smart, honest, hilarious comedy The Duff arrives on Digital HD on May 26th and will follow on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on June 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films. Based on the best-selling book by Kody Keplinger, The Duff reveals that while social media can amplify even the little things, high school social hierarchy hasn't changed since the John Hughes era. Directed by Academy Award winner Ari Sandel (Best Live Action Short Film, West Bank Story, 2006), The Duff features some of today's hottest stars, including Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Robbie Amell (TV's The Flash), Bella Thorne (Blended), Bianca Santos (Ouija), Skyler Samuels (upcoming TV's Scream Queens) Romany Malco (Showtime's Weeds), Nick Eversman (Wild) along with Ken Jeong (TV's Community) and Allison Janney (TV's Mom).
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Lionsgate is bringing the surprisingly hilarious teen comedy, The Duff, to blu-ray next month and have officially announced details on when you'll be able to pick it up, and all the special features that come on the disc. Come inside to learn more.
When I went to the theater to see The Duff, I honestly didn't expect very much, so I was pleasantly surprised to find one of better teen/romance comedies that I've seen in a long while. If you missed out on it in theaters, you won't want to miss out on your chance to see it on blu-ray when it hits stores on June 9th (though digitally you can get it on May 26th). Check out all the details thanks to the press release:
Breaking down barriers and erasing labels, the smart, honest, hilarious comedy The Duff arrives on Digital HD on May 26th and will follow »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a veritable onslaught of teen angst comedies that gave the world The Brat Pack, a group of young actors who went on to careers of varied length after hitting it big in Hughes movies. »
- Trailers From Hell
Earlier in the week we brought you Poster Posse’s gallery of Daredevil artwork [see here], and now they’ve turned their attention to Marvel’s other big release of the month in the Joss Whedon-directed superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out the series of posters created by Simon Delart, Orlando Arocena, Matt Needle, Ben Mcleod, John Hughes, Luke Butland, Laurie Greasley, Doaly, John Aslarona, Berkay Daglar, Paul Ainsworth, Harlan Elam and Ben Whitesell here…
See Also: Flickering Myth’s 2015 Preview – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. »
- Gary Collinson
Director Josh Crook aims for John Carpenter and John Hughes vibes in the Cannes Market-headed horror-comedy, Demon Hole. An ancient demon is unleashed by a fracking crew drilling on Native American land. Six teens must contend. That’s the setup for Crook’s film, which Screen Daily reports will be brought to Cannes by UK sales outfit…
The post First Photos: Horror-Comedy, Demon Hole appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Exclusive: UK seller signs Us comedy-horror ahead of Cannes.
UK sales outfit Sc Films has boarded international sales rights to completed Us horror-comedy Demon Hole.
Demon Hole charts the fallout after a fracking crew drills a hole on sacred Native American land unleashing an ancient demon, which then terrorizes six teens serving community service in a remote forest.
Us director Crook’s 2006 short, Salvage, premiered at Sundance while action-thriller La Soga premiered at Toronto. More recently, his feature Ponchao won the audience award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in 2013 and premiered on HBO.
Crook said: “The current crop of horror movies has gotten too severe and grim. While scary, they »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
Released just four years after 1995's disarmingly smart Clueless became a teen sleeper hit, 10 Things I Hate About You shared some of its sly, sidelong perspective on high school dynamics, not to mention its literary pedigree. Today marks 16 years since the film's Us release date, meaning 10 Things has officially come of age, but its modern day screwball romance and salty humour hasn't aged a day.
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is a less widely-read source text than Jane Austen's Emma, and 10 Things is by necessity a looser adaptation than Clueless - Shrew's much-discussed ending, which concludes that women must learn to be subservient to their husbands, wouldn't fly even as irony in the present day.
Only the skeleton of Shakespeare's plot remains, and proves just how timeless the rom-com conventions which he originated have become. The overprotective father of pretty, popular high schooler Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) forbids her from dating »
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Camino Tweetable Logline: Two underage slackers steal a cooler hoping to score some booze, but instead wind up with two human kidneys in this dark comedy film. Elevator Pitch: "Camino" is a dark comedy film about two underage slackers (one of which has just found out he might be a father soon) who steal a cooler in hopes of finding booze but end up finding two human kidneys inside. The film follows the aforementioned slackers, the two hardened criminals trying to track down their stolen cooler of kidneys and a group of law enforcement officers following the bizarre trail of violent crimes left in the wake of the criminal's search. »
- Indiewire Staff
The legacy of CBS’s sitcom “Two and a Half Men” was always going to be Jon Cryer, the John Hughes darling turned nebbish primetime superstar. And Cryer’s own legacy was always going to be a memoir that dished about his reckless co-star, Charlie Sheen. While Cryer’s tell-all book, “So That Happened,” isn’t officially released until April 7, excerpts are already available and The Hollywood Reporter previewed some of the most compelling passages detailing Sheen’s bouts of drug use, advice to Cryer on soliciting prostitutes, intense salary negotiations and more. TheWrap has pulled the 7 biggest best truth »
- Matt Donnelly
Macaulay Culkin racked up even more "me time" during an introspective smoke and stroll ... while sporting his best grandpa sweater Monday in NYC. In the "make you feel old as hell" department ... this year marks the 25th anniversary of Mac's breakout role in "Home Alone." The facial hair, cigarette, combat boots, and ponytail hair are sure signs a lot's changed since then -- but the John Hughes classic still holds up. We'd be lying if »
- TMZ Staff
The Soft Skin (Criterion Collection) I have not yet written my review of this, but I have watched the movie, just not the features, and it is excellent. The Soft Skin is French New Wave meets Alfred Hitchcock meets the tonal darkness of David Fincher's Gone Girl. I absolutely loved it. The movie tells of a married man who embarks on an affair with a stewardess and the tension that steadily grows until the unexpectedly amazing finale. If any of that sounds good to you, this is a blind buy candidate.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb I saw the first Night at the Museum, though I don't believe I saw the second. I know I didn't see the first one until DVD, and I just haven't found any reason to watch the other two.
Even More Sound of Music 50th Anniversary The Liberator Wolfcop John Hughes »
- Brad Brevet
This Week: A limp week for new releases serves up a third Night at the Museum, but some classic John Hughes and vintage German horror should help. ► As if the thought of a third .Night at the Museum. movie wasn.t depressing enough, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb would also mark Robin Williams. last movie and Mickey Rooney.s second last movie. It.s dedicated to both of them, which is about the only noble thing this tired cash »
- John Law
CW loves to do a spin on past successful entertainment projects, and this time it is for Hart of Dixie. Rachel Bilson and the rest of the show deal with concerns over babies, parents and life in the episode “61 Candles”. It will be a take off of John Hughes 16 Candles as someone does end up with a forgotten birthday! Luckily they will fill it up with Rachel’s cold feet over baby. You can catch the producer preview clip for the March 6th episode down below.
I am glad that this show was able to have this season. It seems like the drama has flown nicely and we are seeing a build up to what we can assume to be even bigger things. I hope CW will allow us to see how the story unfolds, especially after little baby Hart is born. Life will only become more crazy for everyone »
- Sarah Peel
There is the '80s, there are teenage movies, there are coming-of-age movies, and then there's John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club." There could have been no better entry to kick off our feature 15 Classic Teen Rebellion Movies, and the movie turns thirty years old this year. Anyway, the SXSW Film Festival is going to kick off the birthday party in grand style. Festival organizers have announced they'll present the World Premiere of the restored "The Breakfast Club." The screening will take place on March 16th with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy in attendance. The event is part of a month of all things 'Breakfast Club,' with the movie arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on March 10th in a new anniversary edition, which will be followed by a nationwide theatrical release on March 26th. Special screenings will be preceded by a featurette with comments from cast members, Diablo Cody, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
#1. It Follows (March 13)(Film Page) Director: David Robert Mitchell Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? Director David Robert Mitchell follows up "The Myth of the American Sleepover" with an expressionistic teen horror movie that's like nothing else. While "Myth of the American Sleepover" took the whiny young archetypes of a John Hughes movie in an expressionistic direction, "It Follows" turns to eighties teen slashers of the "Halloween" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" variety while elevating them to a more abstract plane, rendering the looming threat of adulthood in ominous terms. #2. While We're Young (March 27)(Film Page) Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Charles Grodin Criticwire Average: B+ Why is it a "Must See"? Noah Baumbach's witty portrait of a documentarian coming »
While Queen and Country presents an irreverent perspective on England's monarchy and military, Boorman's film is a bit too silly and lighthearted for its message to really take hold; it certainly lacks the satirical propensity and intensity of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. Boorman's film attempts to combine the coming of age comedies of John Hughes with Ivan Reitman's Stripes, but he tones everything down a few too many notches. For better or worse, Caleb Landry Jones is the only one who seems to *get* the absurd silliness of it all -- either that or he is acting from a completely different script. »
- Don Simpson
What’s funny about being the “designated ugly fat friend?” Well everything when you’re Mae Whitman, who stars as the titular Duff in the critically acclaimed teen comedy, which opened over the weekend.
The Duff tells the story of Bianca (Whitman), who receives a rude awakening when she learns of her stature among her more popular friends. Of course, she’s not satisfied with toeing the line and enlists resident hottie, Wesley (The Flash’s Robbie Amell), to help her defy the rules of her high school hierarchy.
Robbie Amell Says Everybody Has Felt Like a 'Duff'
Whitman and the rest of the cast, including Amell, Bella Thorne, and teen comedy alum Allison Janney, bring the laughs both on and off the big screen thanks to ETonline's exclusive blooper reel, which shows just how fun it was to be on set. (Not to mention how wonderful it must have been to stare Amell's pecs.)
And if you »
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