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Online Premiere of Staci Layne Wilson's The Night Plays Tricks Short Film; Poster Art Unveiled

The day before the day before Christmas is winding down, and Santa's helpers just dropped off a special present for us to share with our Dread Central readers: the online premiere of Staci Layne Wilson's second short film, The Night Plays Tricks, accompanied by the first look at its poster art.

The Night Plays Tricks is a haunting romantic thriller about a man lost in time between the apparitions of women representing his past and his future.

Synopsis:

Influenced by the lyrics of Bob Dylan's 1966 song "Visions of Johanna", the surreal paintings of Rene Magritte, and the ever-elusive concept of living in the now, The Night Plays Tricks is both eerie and enchanting.

Written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson, The Night Plays Tricks stars Oraniz Nivor, Emma Julia Jacobs, Diane Ayala Goldner, and Michael Shane Armes. Color cinematography is by Justin Cruse, and black and white cinematography is by Elric Kane.
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Teaser Trailer for Staci Layne Wilson's The Night Plays Tricks Short Film

Staci Layne Wilson has another short film in the works entitled The Night Plays Tricks, and she's sent over the teaser trailer for us to debut here on Dread Central. It is a haunting romantic thriller about a man lost in time between the apparitions of women representing his past and his future.

Synopsis:

Influenced by the lyrics of Bob Dylan's 1966 song "Visions of Johanna", the surreal paintings of Rene Magritte, and the ever-elusive concept of living in the now, The Night Plays Tricks is both eerie and enchanting.

Written, directed, and edited by Staci Layne Wilson, The Night Plays Tricks stars Oraniz Nivor, Emma Julia Jacobs, Diane Ayala Goldner, and Michael Shane Armes. Color cinematography is by Justin Cruse, and black and white cinematography is by Elric Kane. Music is by Darren Smith (Repo! The Genetic Opera).

Staci tells us the actual film is projected to be six
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Repo! The Genetic Opera and A Constant Tempo: A Movie Review

by Ed Sum

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman.

Writer: Darren Smith (screenplay) and Terrance Zdunich.

Rating: 3.5/5.

From the director of the Saw movie saga comes an imaginative tale of splatter-punk. Originally a stage play, the film adaptation of Repo! The Genetic Opera takes viewers onto a roller-coaster ride in what is simply one huge music video. Forget about the 2010 reworking of the tale in Repo Men. Here, one can delve into a film with a darker edge, set in a post-apocalyptic future.

In the year 2056, an epidemic is killing people and organ transplants can stop this disease for a price. A mega-corporation, GeneCo, emerges as an organization that mortgages out body parts for those people intent on living. But when a client misses a payment or can't pay the bills, the Repoman will come to claim what is owed. Nobody knows who this person is, but Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino) does.
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Jimmy Carr commissioned for Channel 4 show

The comedian will feature with Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell and Lauren Laverne in a topical comedy series called 10 O'Clock Live

Following the success of its Alternative Election Night, Channel 4 is understood to have signed up Jimmy Carr, Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell and Lauren Laverne to appear in a new topical comedy series with a working title 10 O'Clock Live.

The Alternative Election Night, featuring the four presenters, proved a big draw for younger viewers with 44% of the show's audience made up of 16- to 34-year-olds.

Channel 4 has commissioned a run of hour-long live shows under the provisional name 10 0'Clock Live.

The show, made by the Alternative Election Night producer, Zeppotron, a subsidiary of Endemol UK, hopes to give a comic, fresh take on the week's issues and events.

10 0'Clock Live has been commissioned by the entertainment and comedy commissioning editor, Darren Smith, who commissioned Alternative Election Night.

Smith said:
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See Tonight's Repo! Shadowcast Screening in La with Some Very Special Guests

If you've never seen Repo! The Genetic Opera screened with a shadowcast, then you've been missing out. But if you're in or around the La area, tonight you have a chance to not only see it with one of the best shadowcasts around, "Addicted to the Knife", but also watch it with Paul Sorvino (who's never attended a shadowcast performance before) and several other members of the film's cast and crew.

Here are the details:

Special Guests Confirmed: Paul Sorvino (Rotti Largo), Terrance Zdunich (Graverobber, co-creator, The Tutor), Darren Lynn Bousman (director), Joe Bishara (music producer), Shem Byron (director of The Tutor), and Joe White (Repo! Dp). Others possibly attending are Alexa Vega (Shilo) and Darren Smith (co-creator).

Don't miss the shenanigans! Prop kits! Zydrate! Sexy cast! Repo Army clothing!

Tickets are just $10.50 (cash and credit/debit accepted) available at the door only:

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Lr's The Blu Room Repo Men Blu-Ray

Repo Men (Blu-Ray)Universal Home Entertainment2010/Rated R & Unrated/120 minsList Price $39.98 – Available July 27, 2010Repo Men is one of those films you watch and think, “hey this isn't as bad as I thought it was” until something occurs out of left field that screws up the rest of the picture. I won't reveal what that something is, because even though it didn't work for me, it may not have the same effect on you. Then again, there are many faults within this picture, but another viewer could just as easily see them as some of the movie's strengths. If the film's title or premise of assassins sent to repossess past due body parts from recipients sounds familiar, then you may be thinking of director Darren Lynn Bousman's 2008 adaptation of the underground live show Repo !The Generic Opera. To be fair, the premise of both films may appear to be identical,
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San Diego Comic-Con 2010: Repo! Screening and a New Lesson from The Tutor

Cult favorite Repo! The Genetic Opera returns to the San Diego Comic-Con with a late night showing on Saturday, July 24th, along with a new never-before-seen lesson from "The Tutor", Terrance Zdunich (GraveRobber from Repo!)'s online serial killer art course.

Here's a little history on "The Tutor":

Zdunich, who co-wrote with Darren Smith the original Repo! stage play and the script on which Darren Bousman's film is based, recently launched a new project. "Painting a Still Life with Terrance Zdunich" is a series of online how-to videos, a seemingly innocent collection of art lessons. Pupils will notice, however, that their instructor's methods are ... less than traditional and, like the lives of his characters, deceptively darker than imagined.

For those of you who’ve been skipping class, "The Tutor"'s first six lessons have been conveniently compiled into one six-minute YouTube clip. Watch it below, and learn how to paint a straight line,
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Repo! The Genetic Opera Returns to NYC!

Been a while since there's been any Repo! news, yes? Well if you're in the NYC area and looking for something to do this Saturday, July 10th, why not dress up and take in a musical?

The Wings Theatre Company will be hosting Repo: The Genetic Opera for a special one-night only screening and shadowcast performance by the Zydrate Enthusiasts Network (Zen). This event is in celebration of the anniversary of Repo's NYC premiere as a stage play, held at this very same theatre, five year ago. Before the screening a pre-show celebration will feature a live presentation of The Necromerchants beginning at 11pm with Repo! beginning at midnight. Zen welcomes stage and screen Repo! alumni Cj DeAngelus as well as actor Tony Perry, who appeared as The Repo Man in the NYC stage production held at Wings Theatre in 2005.

Pre-show: The Necromerchants Debt is a ten-minute opera which was
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Movie Review: Repo Men (2010)

Alice Braga and Jude Law in Repo Men

Photo: Universal Pictures Repo Men began as Repossession Mambo and it's been charged with stealing the premise of the Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich play, which was adapted into Repo! The Genetic Opera in 2008. While the premise of the two is very much the same, the direction they follow to their conclusions is just as much different. However, fans of the play or even the operatic feature film shouldn't be too worried, as much as this film is a rip-off of those two projects there are a lot more pieces of film history to be found in director Miguel Sapochnik's bloody feature. One word you will hear often when this film is discussed is "derivative" and it's not far off base, but as much as this film bites off other features I must admit I wasn't overly disturbed watching it.

Conjuring
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Tamsin Greig and Pulling's Paul Ritter to star in Channel 4 comedy

Single-camera family comedy Friday Night Dinner to be written by Look Around You co-creator Robert Popper

The production company behind Spaced and Shaun of the Dead has been commissioned to produce a new Channel 4 comedy starring Tamsin Greig, The Inbetweeners' Simon Bird and Pulling's Paul Ritter.

Friday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy, has been written by Robert Popper, former producer of Peep Show and co-creator of BBC2's Look Around You. It will be made by Big Talk Productions, which made Spaced, and Popper Pictures.

Each episode takes place over the course of a Friday night, as twentysomething brothers Adam (Bird) and Jonny (newcomer Tom Rosenthal) go round to their parents' house for their traditional Friday night dinner.

It was commissioned by the Channel 4 comedy and entertainment commissioning editor Darren Smith.

"Friday Night Dinner is a brilliantly funny, fresh and well observed take on family life with
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Molting With the Repo! Man

  • Fangoria
Fact: Terrance Zdunich is multitalented. Having co-written Repo! The Genetic Opera with Darren Smith, acted, sang and created animation for the film version and even directed a stage production, he has seemingly done it all in the short span of time he has been in the public eye. Zdunich is now turning his attention to comic books with The Molting, a 12-issue series he’s writing, illustrating and self-publishing.

The Molting focuses on a girl named Susie whose life is shattered by the death of her parents. Sent with her brother to live with an abusive, absolutely despicable aunt and uncle, Susie is driven to murder—and that’s just the beginning. The first thing you might notice about the series (whose first issue, “Guilty Susie,” can be ordered now from its official website) is that its young female protagonist is much like Repo!’s heroine Shilo, lost in a
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