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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

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.

Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.

Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More

Electric Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Rob Reiner’s “Lbj,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Mayans Spinoff Casts Edward James Olmos, ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Sets Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Mayans Spinoff Casts Edward James Olmos, ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Sets Premiere Date
In today’s TV News Roundup, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff recruits Edward James Olmos, “Silicon Valley” Season 4 gets a premiere date, and more.

Casting FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, titled “Mayans Mc,” has cast its first star, Variety has confirmed. Edward James Olmos has joined the pilot as a series regular. The “Battlestar Gallactica” alum will play Felipe Reyes, the once-strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, who struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path. The pilot, which is slated to shoot next month, focuses on the Mayans motorcycle club and will follow Ez Reyes (yet to be cast), a potential member for the club’s charter on the California-Mexico border. “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.

Syfy pilot “The Machine” has set its series regulars, including Bridger Zadina (“Law and Order: Svu”) as
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‘The Machine’: Bridger Zadina, Olly Rix, Malachi Kirby & Indira Varma Cast In Syfy AI Pilot

Bridger Zadina (Law & Order: Svu) and Olly Rix (Of Kings and Prophets) are set as series regulars and Malachi Kirby (Roots) as recurring on Syfy's artificial intelligence drama pilot The Machine. Additionally, Game Of ThronesIndira Varma is rumored for a lead role in the project, from Universal Cable Productions. Based on the 2013 cult film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explores the epic…
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Syfy's 'The Machine' Reboot Enlists 'Roots,' 'Better Things' Actors

Syfy's The Machine reboot is adding to its ensemble.

Bridger Zadina (Better Things), Roots grad Malachi Kirby and Olly Rix (Of Kings and Prophets) have signed on for series regular roles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the 2013 film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence and explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters — each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.

Zadina will play Santiago, an agoraphobic young hacker who — after uncovering...
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Watch the trailer for Sins of Our Youth starring Lucas Till

Ahead of its release this Friday, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming thriller Sins of Our Youth which stars Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina and Ally Sheedy; check it out below…

Sins of Our Youth is the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy while recreationally shooting assault rifles. The film follows the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the murder in a moment of desperation, paranoia, and fear that their lives are over due to the certain eventuality of the death penalty. The four teenagers construct a “plan” that leads them down an even darker path.”

Sins of Our Youth is set for release on December 2nd.
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‘Sins of Our Youth’ Exclusive Clip: Four Teens Accidentally Murder a Young Boy and Struggle in the Aftermath

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‘Sins of Our Youth’ Exclusive Clip: Four Teens Accidentally Murder a Young Boy and Struggle in the Aftermath
In an age of mass shootings when the debate over gun control rages on, some recent films, such as Jessica Chastain’s new film “Miss Sloane” tackle the subject head on. Another new film “Sins of Our Youth” also explores this topic, capturing the intersection of gun culture and foolish adolescence. The film follows four teenagers who accidentally murder a younger boy while shooting off assault weapons recreationally, and the perilous decisions they make in the aftermath of the murder. In a moment of desperation and fear, the four teenagers drunkenly construct a plan reminiscent of a video-game plot, but it’s only a catalyst for more confusion and pain. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Picks Up ‘Queen of the Desert,’ The Orchard Grabs ‘Carrie Pilby’ and More

The film is directed by Gary Entin and written by his twin brother Edmund Entin,
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Contest: Win Tickets to the Kids Vs Monsters Premiere Party & Screening

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Featuring an impressive cast that includes Malcolm McDowell and Lance Henriksen, Kids vs Monsters debuts Monday, September 28th in Los Angeles, and we've been provided with a pair of tickets to the premiere party and screening to give away.

One lucky winner and a guest will win tickets to the Kids vs Monsters premiere party in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 6:00pm Pdt with a special dinner, followed by a screening of the film with several cast members in attendance, including Lance Henriksen, Francesca Eastwood, and Anna Akana. The event will take place at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA).

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (2) tickets to the 6:00pm Kids vs Monsters premiere party and screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles next Monday, September 28th.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Kids vs Monsters
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Round-Up: Old 37 Trailer, Kids Vs Monsters / I Spit On Your Grave 3 Release Details

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In Old 37, horror icons Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley show us that calling for help is a fatal mistake. Release dates and details for Kids vs Monsters and I Spit on Your Grave 3 are also featured in this morning's round-up.

Old 37: "Two brothers (Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley) intercept 911 calls in a beat up, old ambulance to terrorize a small Northeastern town. Available For Preorder Now on Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Bestbuy.com. VOD on September 29th and DVD on October 6th."

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Kids vs Monsters: Press Release: "Los Angeles (August 25, 2015) – Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, “The Mentalist”) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, “Millennium”) lead a stellar cast including Armand Assante (American Gangster, “NCIS”), Adrian Paul (“Highlander”), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon) and Richard Moll (“Night Court,” “House”) in the fantasy horror-comedy, Kids vs Monsters, available on Digital HD and On Demand September 29 from MarVista Digital Entertainment.
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Director Toby Wilkins Crackles with Chosen

One of our favorite directors, Toby Wilkins (Splinter, "Teen Wolf"), has directed the entire third season of the truly kick-ass Crackle original series "Chosen," and we'd figured we'd be remiss if we didn't give you guys a heads-up!

"Chosen" is a lurid tale in the vein of The Box which focuses on what happens when a mysterious package arrives at a home and leads to murder, mayhem, and all sorts of the stuff we dig on!

The third season stars Rose McGowan, Chad Michael Murray, Sarah Roemer, Caitlyn Carmichael, Brandon Routh, Stacy Haiduk, Lexi Ainsworth, Bridger Zadina, Tristan Bankston, Sammi Hanratty, and Alexander Le Bas.

Click here to watch "The Chosen".

Synopsis

You’re a regular person with a regular family and a regular life. That is, until you receive the box. Suddenly, you and your loved ones are thrown into a ruthless game of “Kill or Be Killed” — all
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Kate Winslet and Judy Davis Lead The Dressmaker; Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, and Ally Sheedy to Star in Sins Of Our Youth

Always a nice casting report when you can open with Kate Winslet: Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in The Dressmaker, a project that Australian writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) describes as "Unforgiven with a sewing machine." Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Joel Courtney (Super 8), and Ally Sheedy have signed on to star opposite Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina, Grant Harvey, and newcomer Dani Knights in Sins of Our Youth, the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy. Twin brothers Edmund Entin and Gary Entin will write and direct. Hit the jump for more on both projects. The Dressmaker is based on the book by Rosalie Ham. THR reports Winslet will play a skilled couturier who, after many years in Europre, returns to her small hometown in Australia where she was accused of murder as a child: "She wishes to make amends with her eccentric mother,
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Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join ‘Sins of Our Youth’

Lucas Till, Joel Courtney, Ally Sheedy Join ‘Sins of Our Youth’
X-Men” star Lucas Till, Joel Courtney and Ally Sheedy will star in teen drama “Sins of Our Youth” with shooting about to start in Las Vegas.

Michael Huffington, the former politician who’s become a movie producer, is producing via his Huffington Pictures banner.

Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina, Grant Harvey and Dani Knights also star. Gary Entin is directing from a script by his twin brother, Edmund, in the story of four teenage boys who accidentally kill a young boy while recreationally shooting assault rifles.

“Sins” re-teams the Entins with Huffington following their collaboration on “Geography Club,” which was recently acquired by Breaking Glass. Huffington also produced “Grassroots,” a film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, and Michael Mohan’s romantic comedy “Save the Date,” which premiered at Sundance last year and was acquired by IFC Films.

Till is reprising his role as Alex Summers/Havok in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Lucas Till, Joel Courtney and Ally Sheedy Join Sins of Our Youth

Lucas Till, Joel Courtney and Ally Sheedy Join Sins of Our Youth
Huffington Pictures has tapped Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class, Paranoia), Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), to star in the teen drama Sins of Our Youth. The film is based on an original screenplay by Edmund Entin and directed by Gary Entin. Michael Huffington is producing under his Huffington Pictures banner. Principal photography will begin this week on location in and around Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sins of Our Youth is the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy while recreationally shooting assault rifles. The film follows the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the murder in a moment of desperation, paranoia, and fear that their lives are over due to the certain eventuality of the death penalty. The four teenagers construct a "plan" that leads them down an even darker path.

Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana: The Movie, Monster House), Bridger Zadina
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Video: Pitt, Clooney, Sheen, & Others Perform L.A. Reading of ’8′ To Spread Truth About Prop 8 Federal Trial

Often times celebrities are given rolling eyes when they become invested in a political movement, but their collective star power can make a major impact. On March 3 at the Ebell of Los Angeles, The American Foundation for Equal Rights staged a one-night-only reading, verbatim theatre style, of a play that was written by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and directed by Rob Reiner (The Bucket List). The play was based on the transcripts from the Perry vs. Schwarzeneggger trial, which Afer filed with the district court to overturn Proposition 8, the bill preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California.

Brad Pitt (Moneyball) read as Judge Vaughn Walker, prosecuting attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies were played by Martin Sheen (West Wing) and George Clooney (The Descendants) respectively and defense attorney Charles J. Cooper was played Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class). The case featured two couples, a
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George Clooney, Brad Pitt Team Up For Prop 8 Play

One-off presentation of '8,' directed by Rob Reiner, will be streamed live March 3.

By Jocelyn Vena

George Clooney

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If you thought the George Clooney/ Brad Pitt bromance was only reserved for "Ocean's Eleven"" movies, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, well, think again. Pitt has just signed on to join his longtime pal for the West Coast production of "8," a play based on the landmark Proposition 8 trial in California.

According to E! News, Pitt will play Prop 8 opposer U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, and Clooney will play David Boies, an attorney who sought to overturn the highly publicized ban.

Written by Oscar-winning "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the play has a star-studded cast that includes Martin Sheen, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Campbell Brown, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones,
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Brad Pitt joins star-studded Prop 8 play

Brad Pitt joins star-studded Prop 8 play
Brad Pitt is set to join the cast of the West Coast premiere reading of 8, the play penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) that follows the legal fight to overturn Proposition 8, the California law that outlawed gay marriage.

Pitt will play United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Prop 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the 12-day public trial. He joins a cast that includes George Clooney and Martin Sheen (as the plaintiff’s lead co-counsel), Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis (as a lesbian couple), Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer (as a gay couple), as well as Kevin Bacon,
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The Best Films of 2011

Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is apparently a statutory obligation for movie critics.

My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.

One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.

1. "A Separation"

This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific
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Blu-Ray Review: Excellent ‘Terri’ Defies Genre Expectations

Chicago – Most movies about awkward teens feel like they’re mocking them as much as embracing them. I’m exhausted by the subgenre because of this fact — there’s a deep hypocrisy in so many of these movies that wants to make fun of their subjects and then tell you how bad it is to make fun of them. Imagine my surprise at the charming, wonderful, incredibly well-written “Terri,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a hidden gem.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Terri Thompson (Jacob Wysocki) is awkward but not in the way that it’s usually presented in independent film. He’s a huge kid who has taken to skipping school and showing up in pajamas when he does come to class. He is a gentle soul but he’s presented as such a fully-rounded, believable person. He’s not the creation of an independent film screenwriter. He’s smart,
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Terri – The Review

I believe the only people who truly enjoyed high school are those who breezed through the experience. For the rest of us, those four (or more) years of high school falls somewhere on a sliding scale of misery ranging from an annoying itch to a torturous punishment inflicted by the worst kind of mad scientist.

Stereotypes are common in films about teenagers, especially when set against the backdrop of high school. The truth is, teenagers and stereotypes go hand-in-hand. Without teenagers, there would be no stereotypes, but the burnouts, jocks and preppies of the .80s no longer apply in the new millennium. No, the typical characters of the John Hughes era have evolved along a parallel plane into some not better or worse, but different.

Director Azazel Jacobs (Momma.S Man, The Good Times Kids) delves into the strange world of the high school outsider with Terri, written by first-timer Patrick Dewitt.
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Film Review: ‘Terri’ Paints Honest Portrait of Adolescent Alienation

Chicago – Nothing says “Official Selection at Sundance” quite like an obese teen grappling with an angst-ridden existence. There have been countless pictures centering on young, plus-size protagonists, though few feel three-dimensional. Tracy Turnblad and Claireece Precious Jones aren’t people so much as they are symbols of survival in the face of adversity. It’s easy to root for them, but it’s more than a little difficult to believe in them.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

I believed in Terri, the 15-year-old star of Azazel Jacobs’s perceptive new film, simply because he’s a great deal like a lot of the kids I knew in high school. When asked how he feels, Terri draws a picture of a face with a straight horizontal line for a mouth. The expression is neither happy nor sad. It’s simply beaten into submission by the daily hell of adolescence. Terri has no desire to pity
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Terri’ With John C. Reilly

Chicago – In our latest comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Terri” starring John C. Reilly from the producers of “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson”!

Terri” also stars Jacob Wysocki, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Tim Heidecker, Justin Prentice, Mary Anne McGarry, Curtiss Frisle, Tara Karsian, Diane Salinger and Jenna Gavigan from co-writer and director Azazel Jacobs and co-writer Patrick Dewitt. The film opens in Chicago on July 22, 2011.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Terri” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Terri” starring John C. Reilly.

Image credit: Ato Pictures

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