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DVD Obscura: 'Good Time,' 'The Film Critic,' 'Whose Streets?' and Much More

Ready to go beyond the blockbusters that typically crowd movie theaters during the holiday season? Let's take a deep dive into what's newly available on home video. New Indie Undoubtedly one of the most kinetic films of 2017, Good Time (Lionsgate Home Entertainment) bursts with manic intensity from start to finish. Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie (the latter co-directed with his brother Josh) play brothers who commit a crime that goes horribly wrong, and it’s up to Pattinson’s character to fix things, as he gets deeper and deeper into a desperate situation. The performances – including stellar supporting players Jennifer Jason Leigh, Taliah Webster and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) – are spot-on, and there’s barely a moment to...

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The Pirates of Somalia Movie Review

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The Pirates of Somalia Movie Review
The Pirates Of Somalia Sp Releasing Director: Bryan Buckley Screenwriter: Bryan Buckley, adapting Jay Badahur’s book “The Pirates of Somalia” Cast: Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi, Sabrina Hassan Abdulle, Mohamed Barre, Mohamed Abdikadir, Al Pacino, Melanie Griffith Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 12/15/17 Opens: December 8, 2017 Never give up, the theme of so many optimistic […]

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Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi Seek to Educate Audiences With Premiere of 'The Pirates of Somalia'

Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi Seek to Educate Audiences With Premiere of 'The Pirates of Somalia'
The stars of The Pirates of Somalia, including Evan Peters, Melanie Griffith and Barkhad Abdi, gathered Wednesday night at Hollywood's Tcl Chinese Theatre for the film's premiere. 

The drama is based on the real-life story of Canadian rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who moved to Somalia in 2008 to join the local pirates and write stories about the men's lives. Bahadur penned a book on his journey, also titled The Pirates of Somalia, which was released in 2011. 

Peters, known for his shape-shifting roles on TV's American Horror Story, portrays Bahadur and faced many of the same challenges as the journalist...
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Movie Review – The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

The Pirates of Somalia, 2017.

Written and Directed by Bryan Buckley.

Starring Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi, Melanie Griffith, Russell Posner, Mohamed Mohamud Hossein, Mohamed Abdikadir, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, Abdi Sidow Farah, Mohamed Osmail Ibrahim, Sabrina Hassan, Mohamed Barre, and Al Pacino

Synopsis:

In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

I wouldn’t say the recent Tom Hanks thriller centered on the hijacking of important overseas cargo by Somalian pirates Captain Phillips is mandatory viewing before watching this parallel narrative that takes place during the same timeframe and more importantly, the heart of Somalia itself, but having perspective from both land and sea imbues viewers with more understanding and education of the country’s delicate, often misunderstood inner conflict.
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Trailer for The Pirates of Somalia starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi and Melanie Griffith

Ahead of its release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Bryan Buckley’s upcoming drama The Pirates of Somalia. The film is based on the memoirs of Jay Bahadur (played by Evan Peters), and tells the story of the journalists experiences living amongst pirates in Somalia and also stars Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi, and Melanie Griffith; take a look below…

When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. Based on the true story of one reporter’s risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of The Pirates of Somalia.

The Pirates of Somalia
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Evan Peters on Playing His Most Insane 'Ahs' Character Yet, Working With Emma Roberts & Directing (Exclusive)

Evan Peters on Playing His Most Insane 'Ahs' Character Yet, Working With Emma Roberts & Directing (Exclusive)
Warning: Spoilers ahead! Do not proceed if you haven't watched the season finale of American Horror Story: Cult.

Evan Peters is opening up about his "most difficult" season of American Horror Story yet.

During an exclusive interview with Et on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actor revealed what it was like taking on the lead role of Kai Anderson in Ahs: Cult and how he felt about that shocking season finale.

Over the course of seven seasons, Peters has been cast in a number of villainous roles, like Tate Langdon in Murder House, Jimmy Darling in Freak Show and James March in Hotel. But none have come close to Kai, whom Peters says was probably his favorite character he's portrayed in FX's anthology series thus far.

More: 'Ahs: Cult' Premiere: Evan Peters' Pro-Trump Character Revealed!

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"Kai has been a really challenging role, the hardest role that I had to do, so in that respect
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Movie Review – Good Time (2017)

Good Time, 2017.

Written and Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie.

Starring Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress, Taliah Webster, Barkhad Abdi, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Synopsis:

When a bank robbery goes wrong, a small-time criminal must attempt to save his handicapped brother, while also avoiding capture himself.

Since wrapping up the Twilight series five years ago, Robert Pattinson has done his utmost to distance himself from his teen heart-throb image. Long gone are the days of glittering skin and emotional vampires, these days Pattinson is an indie darling, working with some of the most distinct and challenging directors in cinema, and establishing himself as one of the most diverse actors working today by taking on increasingly challenging roles. Good Time, more than ever of his previous efforts, really cements his place as one of the most interesting actors out there right now.

Pattinson is almost unidentifiable in the role of
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Official Trailer for Bryan Buckley's True Story 'The Pirates of Somalia'

"You want to make it as some big journalist, you gotta go somewhere crazy." Crystal Sky Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie dramatic thriller titled The Pirates of Somalia, from writer/director Bryan Buckley (The Bronze). The film tells the "incredible true story" of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 decided to go to Somalia to embed himself among the pirates there. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them. Evan Peters stars as journalist Jay Bahadur, and of course they got Somalian native Barkhad Abdi to star as his local fixer. The cast also includes Coral Peña, Philip Ettinger, Russell Posner, Melanie Griffith, and Al Pacino. This actually looks better than expected, so far so good, I am honestly intrigued. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Bryan Buckley's The Pirates of Somalia,
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Evan Peters Gets Bearded Up in Fact-Based ‘Pirates of Somalia’ Trailer (Video)

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Evan Peters Gets Bearded Up in Fact-Based ‘Pirates of Somalia’ Trailer (Video)
Evan Peters is usually known for scaring viewers on “American Horror Story,” but in his latest movie he’s the one getting frightened — by heavily armed pirates in Somalia. Peters stars as real-life journalist Jay Bahadur in Echo Bridge’s “The Pirates of Somalia,” which follows the idealistic reporter as he meets his idol, Seymour Tolbin (Al Pacino), and is inspired to get as far as possible out of his comfort zone for the story that will make his career. He links up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi) and tries to get in tight with the pirates, but quickly realizes he’s.
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Afm: The Exchange, Forest Road Launching Film-tv Fund (Exclusive)

In a deal reached at the American Film Market, The Exchange and Forest Road are in final discussions to partner on a long-term film and television fund, Variety has learned exclusively.

The companies made the announcement Nov. 4 on the fourth day of Afm after working together on Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s upcoming feature “Shotgun,” a comedy-drama starring Marisa Tomei, Gina Gershon and Maika Monroe.

The fund, which is yet to be named, will be investing in independent film and television productions through the newly formed joint venture and be co-managed by The Exchange and Forest Road executives. It will have offices both in New York and Los Angeles.

The Exchange, which has handled sales on “Shimmer Lake,” “The Spectacular Now” and “A Street Cat Named Bob,” will sell some of the fund’s projects, but not all. The sole purpose is to lend capital to responsible production companies at below-market rates in a seamless manner
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Ken Scott’s ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ Lures Flurry of Buyers (Exclusive)

Ken Scott’s ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ Lures Flurry of Buyers (Exclusive)
Ken Scott’s “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” has lured a flurry of foreign distributors in the run up to the American Film Market, where TF1 Intl. is shopping the pic.

The colorful comedy-adventure film, which shot in English and is now in post-production, stars Indian actor Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”) and Abel Jafri (“Timbuktu”).

Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. acquired the film for for France and the U.K. in July. Before Afm, TF1 Intl. pre-sold the pic to Italy (Notorious), Spain (A Contracorriente), Australia (Icon), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corp.), Poland (Best Film), Greece (Odeon), Israel (Lev Cinema), Turkey (Yeni Film), Portugal (Lusomundo), Aqs (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Falcon (Middle East).

The film was adapted from Romain Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages. Pic follows
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‘How to Get Away With Murder’s’ Aja Naomi King to Star in ‘A Girl From Mogadishu’

‘How to Get Away With Murder’s’ Aja Naomi King to Star in ‘A Girl From Mogadishu’
How to Get Away With Murder” star Aja Naomi King is portraying Somali activist Ifrah Ahmed in the biopic “A Girl From Mogadishu.”

Principal photography has started in Belgium with Ireland-based Pembridge Pictures and Belgium-based Umedia as the production companies. Production will be completed in February in Ireland and Morocco.

Martha Cango Antonio, Barkhad Abdi, and Somalian musician Maryam Mursals also star. Sales are launching at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Ahmed was born into a refugee camp in Somalia and sent to Ireland as a teenager. Recounting her traumatic childhood experiences of female genital mutilation-cutting (Fgm/C) when applying for refugee status, she vows to devote her life to the eradication of the practice.

“I hope our film achieves the same impact on Fgm/C as the film ‘Philadelphia’ did for the issue of HIV/AIDS,” she said.

Mary McGuckian is producing and directing from her own script. Umedia CEO [link
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Echo Bridge Scores Timely Evan Peters Movie ‘The Pirates Of Somalia’ For December Bow

Echo Bridge Scores Timely Evan Peters Movie ‘The Pirates Of Somalia’ For December Bow
Exclusive: Echo Bridge has acquired U.S. rights to director Bryan Buckley’s The Pirates of Somalia (formerly known as Dabka). The film, which bowed this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival, examines what led up to the hostage saga depicted in Captain Phillips. The film stars American Horror Story's Evan Peters along with Oscar nominees Barkhad Abdi, Melanie Griffith and Al Pacino. The plan is release it in 10 markets nationwide day-and-date December 8. Rights include…
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Check Out The UK Trailer & Poster For Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘Good Time’

One of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival back in May was the Robert Pattinson-led drama Good Time from the brothers Josh and Ben Safdie (The Pleasure Of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs). The film was warmly received by critics and the public, and the film has been given a release date in the UK and Ireland of 17th November. We have the first Good Time UK trailer and the poster below.

Good Time UK Trailer and Poster

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself,
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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049: A Stark & Fascinating Sequel; A Rarity That Doesn’t Disappoint

Blade Runner 2049 Review Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Film Review, a movie directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, Lennie James, David Dastmalchian, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, and Hiam [...]

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Unprecedented: Young Chicago Non-Profit Hosts International Social Change Film Festival in Three…

Unprecedented: Young Chicago Non-Profit Hosts International Social Change Film Festival in Three…
Unprecedented: Young Chicago Non-Profit Hosts International Social Change Film Festival in Three StatesChicago EditionSocial Change, a national non-profit, will host its 6th annual Social Change Film Festival in three states: Illinois, California and New York. The Chicago showcase will run from October 13th — 15th at the renowned Harold Washington Cultural Center (Hwcc), a Social Change partner for the event, which partners with national and international organizations to bring artistic content to all and uses performing arts and media to create social action and to deter at-risk behavior in the over 25,000 youth in Chicago and beyond. The Los Angeles and New York showcases will run on October 21st at West La College and on October 28th at the the Downtown Community Television Center, respectively.

Social Change’s one-of-a-kind, 3-state festival will feature nearly 30 life-changing short films from all over the world (more than half of the films are international) all with
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before
The following article contains minor spoilers for “Blade Runner 2049.”

In addition to a pair of memorable performances from Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, cinematographer Roger Deakins’ stunning visual work, and director Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian vision, “Blade Runner 2049” has one more element worthy of excitement: a supporting cast of new and rising stars. Many of them have already made their mark on indie cinema, like the perpetually working David Dastmalchian or the irreverent Carla Juri, while others will likely use Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic as a springboard for even bigger careers (like Ana de Armas, the film’s biggest find).

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling

It’s only appropriate that a future-oriented world like the one on display in the “Blade Runner” franchise would spawn new stars, but they’ve shined quite brightly before. Here’s where you
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“Blade Runner 2049” is a stunning achievement for Roger Deakins and Denis Villeneuve

The odds did not favor Blade Runner 2049 succeeding. In fact, the bar to clear was a high one for Denis Villeneuve and company. After all, Blade Runner is a certified classic, so why go back now and make a sequel? Well, whatever got Warner Brothers and the powers that be on board, it’s a good thing they did, since this is a magnificent film, filled to the brim with some breathtaking Roger Deakins cinematography. Not only is it the best blockbuster sequel in some time, it’s an immediate science fiction classic in its own right and a full on Academy Award contender. For that matter, it’s one of 2017’s best movies overall. Here’s something else to sink your teeth into…for my money, Blade Runner 2049 is better than Blade Runner. Yes, I said it. It’s impossible to discuss the plot without spoiling the surprises in store for you,
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Movie Review – Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049, 2017.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, David Dastmalchian, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and Jared Leto.

Synopsis:

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. For real, Denis Villeneuve’s (Arrival, Enemy, Prisoners) follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner, a 30-years into the future sequel titled Blade Runner 2049, is a near 3-hour artfully constructed, serpentine, and mind-bending epic that needs to be seen to be believed. As with most franchises that offer up new installments years, even generations later, bigger seems to be the credence here, but this coon’s age later subsequent entry (written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green,
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Final ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Short Film Bridges The Gap Between The Movies

The last ‘Blade Runner 2049’ prequel short film has arrived, and it’s absolutely beautiful. ‘Blade Runner Black Out 2022‘ is the third and final short to arrive after both the stellar ‘2036: Nexus Dawn‘ and ‘2048: Nowhere to Run’. Although these shorts gave us some insight into Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) and Sapper Morton’s (Dave Bautista) backstories, this third animated short film actually delves into the backstory of the new Nexus 8 Replicants, and the resulting human revolt that happens because of their creation.

The 15-minute film is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (best known for his work on ‘Cowboy Bebop.’) The prequel short takes place in 2022, three years after the events of the original ‘Blade Runner‘, and chronicles “The Great Blackout of 2022”, and event that seemingly set many of the film’s plot points into motion. According to the official Blade Runner website:

An electromagnetic pulse (Emp) of unknown origin
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