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If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’

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If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’
“The things inside your head, they’re only as real as you want them to be. If you want, you can just decide they’re not real.” Early on in “The Strange Ones,” Nick (Alex Pettyfer) tells this to his younger travel buddy Sam (James Freedson-Jackson), before seemingly making a coffee mug disappear. On its surface, the film is about two brothers heading out on a camping trip, but it quickly becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems, from the pair’s names to their endgame (to the existence of their coffee mugs). The film’s co-directors, Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, may be relatively new to audiences (“The Strange Ones” is their feature-length debut; in fact, it’s an expansion upon their own 2011 short, based on real-life true-crime stories), but movie buffs will recognize flashes of their cinematic inspirations throughout. The film may be intentionally vague, but
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Bruce Dern, Owen Teague Join Josh Hartnett in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’

Bruce Dern, Owen Teague Join Josh Hartnett in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’
Barry Films has hired Bruce Dern and Owen Teague to join Josh Hartnett and Margarita Levieva in the independent crime thriller “Inherit the Viper,” which began production this week.

Valorie Curry, Chandler Riggs, and Dash Mihok have also joined the cast. Anthony Jerjen is directing from Andrew Crabtree’s original script. Michel Merkt (“Elle,” “Toni Erdmann”) and Benito Mueller are the producers with Wolfgang Mueller exec producing for Barry Films.

The film is set amidst the prescription drug epidemic ravaging West Virginia and follows three siblings as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s death. In these regions left behind by the economy, selling drugs has become their way of survival.

Teague is portraying a sibling of Hartnett and Levieva’s characters, whose naive impatience to participate in their opioids business brings the family into deadly waters.

“I am very excited to have been blessed with such
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The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer

The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer
Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” as well as four first look photos.

The trailer depicts even more of the strange worlds that Meg Murray (Storm Reid), her younger brother Charles Wallace Murray (Deric McCabe), and school friend Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) enter after Charles Wallance and Meg’s father (Chris Pine) mysteriously disappears. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon also make appearances as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit. The Mrs. Ws narrate the trailer, explaining that they think the Murrays’ father is still alive, and that it’s up to the children to save him and potentially the world.

A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quartet” series that also includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet.”

Ava DuVernay is directing the film from an screenplay
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Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Gary Oldman will be honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Oldman will be presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2018 for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” in which Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Leonard Maltin will return to moderate the evening for the 27th time.

Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” said Maltin. “With ‘Darkest Hour,’ he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.”

Darkest Hour” takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also
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William Frye, Agent, Producer and Hollywood Raconteur, Dies at 96

William Frye, a man about town in Hollywood who produced General Electric Theater and Boris Karloff's Thriller for television as well as films including The Trouble With Angels and Airport 1975, has died. He was 96.

Frye died Nov. 3 of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., according to an obituary placed in the Los Angeles Times.

Frye worked with and became dear friends with the likes of Cary Grant, Ronald Colman, Ronald Reagan, Irene Dunn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell, Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart.

The producer also was close...
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William Frye, Agent, Producer and Hollywood Raconteur, Dies at 96

William Frye, Agent, Producer and Hollywood Raconteur, Dies at 96
William Frye, a man about town in Hollywood who produced General Electric Theater and Boris Karloff's Thriller for television as well as films including The Trouble With Angels and Airport 1975, has died. He was 96.

Frye died Nov. 3 of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., according to an obituary placed in the Los Angeles Times.

Frye worked with and became dear friends with the likes of Cary Grant, Ronald Colman, Ronald Reagan, Irene Dunne, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell, Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart.

The producer also was close...
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Horror Highlights: Sideshow’s Court Of The Dead, Space Goat’s Kickstarter, Liilith, By Night: Origins, The Redeeming, Ao-terror-oa, The Gatehouse, Whispers, Killer Kate!

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Sideshow Collectibles has added another imposing (and beautifully crafted) character to the ranks of their Court of the Dead with the new Mortighull Premium Format Figure that's featured in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes an update on Space Goat Productions' Evil Dead 2 Kickstarter campaign, a teaser trailer for Lilith (starring Jessica Cameron), a new clip from the anthology series By Night: Origins, details on the world premiere of The Redeeming, the first short film from the new anthology series Ao-Terror-Oa, The Gatehouse release info, the cast for Killer Kate!, and UK and Ireland release details for Whispers.

Sideshow Reveals New Reaper Premium Format Figure: From Sideshow: "Sideshow is proud to present Mortighull: The Risen Reaper General Premium Format™Figure, a terrifying new addition to our original Court of the Dead collection…

The Reaper General Mortighull is far from a mirror image of his mentor, the resolute Demithyle. Mortighull
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Horror Highlights: Screambox’s “13 Screams of Halloween”, Slasher: Guilty Party, Scream Factory Blu-rays, Sightings, Grimmwood, Apartment 213, Party Bus To Hell

Get your scream on with these new frightful stories from today's Horror Highlights! Screambox's "13 Screams of Halloween" kicked off this past Friday the 13th and will continue until the big day. Also: Netflix's Slasher Season 2 details, Scream Factory's latest Blu-ray releases, a trailer for Sightings, details for the immersive experience Apartment 213, Grimmwood, and Party Bus From Hell.

Details on "13 Screams of Halloween" from Screambox: Press Release: "Los Angeles, Calif. (October 12, 2017) Screambox, the leading streaming service for hardcore horror fans, is celebrating the Halloween season with a fun treat: 13 new fan-favorite films will be released completely free for streaming on any device from Friday the 13th of October through Halloween, October 31st. Even more thrilling, these top-rated, terrifying titles are exclusive to Screambox -- true horror lovers won’t find these films on any other major streaming service, including Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

“It’s been a great year for Screambox,
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‘Chappaquiddick’ Review: Jason Clarke Excels in Compelling Teddy Kennedy Biopic That Pulls No Punches — Tiff

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Review: Jason Clarke Excels in Compelling Teddy Kennedy Biopic That Pulls No Punches — Tiff
Playing a public figure is always a big gamble, and a Kennedy — with those faces, those jaws, that peculiar accent that’s so easy to exaggerate — has long been a waystation for actors looking to prove their chops. In John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick,” Jason Clarke opts for a more low-key approach to Teddy Kennedy, eschewing a big accent or showy mannerisms, and fully disappears into the role. It’s his finest work yet, and proof of his ability to excel given the right material.

And what material he’s got, thanks to a tight script from Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan that dramatizes the events surrounding the fatal 1969 event that took place on the Martha Vineyard’s peninsula from which the film derives its title. Compellingly directed by Curran, “Chappaquiddick” takes place over the course of a single week, following a young Senator Kennedy before, during, and after the car
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New Academy President John Bailey is Willing to Ask if Movies Need Theaters For Oscar Qualification, and Other Radical Ideas

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New Academy President John Bailey is Willing to Ask if Movies Need Theaters For Oscar Qualification, and Other Radical Ideas
As words like film, negative, celluloid, unspool, and reel become increasingly archaic, even the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences realizes that it needs to evolve. At the Telluride Film Festival, I sat down with new Academy president John Bailey to discuss what he has in mind. Here’s what we can expect from the 75-year-old cinematographer of “The Big Chill” and “Groundhog Day,” who is proud to be the rare filmmaker representing the Academy board.

(Re)Define the motion picture

Bailey is a realist as much as a cineaste. At Telluride, he appreciated Paul Schrader’s well-reviewed “First Reformed” — but fully supported the possibility that the film would go to Netflix. “It’s very unlikely the studios would pick it up,” said Bailey. “In reality, Netflix and Amazon have now become the studios that have the courage to make the film nobody else would make.”

Similarly, while
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‘C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud’ Blu-ray Review (Vestron Video)

Stars: Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn | Written by M. Kane Jeeves | Directed by David K. Irving

A wave of pure VHS-era nostalgia – with all the associated benefits and drawbacks – awaits in this 1989 sequel to the 1984 B-movie, which was itself a solidly silly monster movie with a great cast (John Heard, Daniel Stern, Kim Greist et al) and charmingly lousy special effects.

This time, the inner city setting is gone in favour of a typical Midwest small town, and the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers are about to run amok at the teenagers’ Halloween Dance. Not that the CHUDs spend any time underground this time around. As the flimsy franchise leans hard into farce, any semblance of the original film’s social satire is forgotten in favour of smart-ass quips and fish-out-of-water comedy.

The amusingly implausible plot sees buddies Steve (Brian Robbins) and Kevin (Bill Calvert
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Haugesund: Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Takes Norwegian Critics’ Prize

Haugesund: Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Takes Norwegian Critics’ Prize
Haugesund, Norway — Director Joachim Trier’s “Thelma,” which opened the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Aug. 20, won the Norwegian Critics’ Prize, one of the top awards at the event which wrapped on Thursday night with the closing night screening of Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland.”

Lionized by Norwegian critics – one announcing “a new triumph for Trier”- the director is now bound for Toronto for the film’s international premiere.

Of further big winners at this year’s Haugesund Festival, Swedish director Jesper GanslandtJimmie” – represented by Swedish producer Hedvig Lundgren – took the €50,000 ($59,000) Eurimages Lab Project Prize.

First seen at Goteborg, “Young Dreams,” from Sweden’s “Rojda Sekersöz, about a young woman ex-con’s battle to go straight despite peer pressure and a hostile society, took the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics’ Prize.

“Artistically we could not have had a better start than ‘Thelma,’ but
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Horror Highlights: Five Nights At Freddy’S Board Game, Lifetime Scary Movie Set, Twin Cities Horror Festival 2017

See if you can survive five whole nights at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria while playing the Five Nights at Freddy's board game from Moose Games. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a Lifetime Scary Movie DVD set and the lineup for the 2017 Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Five Nights at Freddy's Board Game Release Details: "Five Nights at Freddy's Board Game: "(Moose Games; Ages 8+; August 2017; $24.99) Five Nights at Freddy’s from Moose Games is the first licensed, non-digital game to bring the popular entertainment property from Scottgames to life. The jump/scare-style game tests players’ nerves and adrenaline levels as they try to collect the most pizza game pieces without waking Freddy Fazbear.

Game play is as simple as it is scary! Each player takes a chance spinning the spinner board and collecting the required number of colored pizza pieces from Freddy’s pizza tray. The player that awakens the included animatronic Freddy,
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Interview: Writer/Director Camille Thoman on the Inspiration Behind Her Psychological Thriller Never Here

After recently celebrating the world premiere of her thought-provoking thriller Never Here at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with writer/director Camille Thoman to discuss her approach to the project and the inspiration behind her debut narrative feature, working with her talented ensemble, which includes Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Sam Shepard (Blackhawk Down, The Right Stuff), Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire), and Goran Visnjic (ER, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and much more.

Never Here is currently making its way on the film festival circuit, and for those you who are into David Lynch-esque descents into madness, I’d highly recommend checking this one out when you can.

You did a really amazing job with the story, so congrats to you. I wanted to go back a little bit before working on this film, because I
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: 9 Important Things You Need to Know Before the Premiere

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: 9 Important Things You Need to Know Before the Premiere
There are days when it seems that “Game of Thrones” could sustain its own separate internet.

Scour the one we do have and you can find behind-the-scenes photos of characters in different shooting locales, plenty of confirmed and unconfirmed fan theories, and enough character history to populate more than just the four spinoffs that HBO announced back in early May.

With all that information to sift through, we thought it might be helpful to pick out some vital tidbits that we need to know before heading into Season 7. Given that this series is facing a level of scrutiny unprecedented in TV history, we’re not counting out the idea that some of those set photo leaks might be fiendish misdirection. Therefore, we’re going off of verifiable reports and the words of the creators and stars themselves. They might not be giving us a ton of information, but at least
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Laff 2017 Interview: Desolation Director Sam Patton on Crafting an Intimate Survival Thriller

Premiering tonight as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival is Sam Patton’s Desolation, which follows a grieving mom named Abby (Jaimi Paige), her teenage son, Sam (Toby Nichols), and their friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse), who head out to the woods in an effort to honor Abby’s deceased husband’s wishes and spread his ashes, only to come across a mysterious loner who begins following their every move. The trio must find a way to elude their woodland stalker before he can make them his next victims in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Patton about his first time at the helm of a feature film, and he discussed how his time working at Blumhouse helped prepare him to take the directorial reins on Desolation, working with his cast, and more.

Great to speak with you, Sam. I noticed on your résumé on IMDb that you've been working in different facets of the film industry for a while, and I noticed specifically that a lot of those happen to be with Blumhouse Productions. Because I know Jason Blum and their mantra in terms of making films on a smaller scale, do you feel like being in that environment and being involved with projects on that level helped prepare you for when it was time for you to go out and make your first feature?

Sam Patton: Oh, one hundred percent. A thousand percent, even. I got my start in Hollywood as an intern at Blumhouse, and within a few months was getting paid to work on their movies and I love all the folks over there. I've got a couple of mentors in that organization and it was just a great crash course. I started working with them when they were still in little offices on the Paramount lot, right after Insidious, which was really their first home-grown movie, because Paranormal Activity was an acquisition.

So, I watched them go from being a little company to a really big company making tons and tons of films, and I got to be part of a lot of them. So, it was a crash course in learning how to make a movie for a small amount of money in a contained environment with a small cast, and still tell great stories that deserve an audience. I could talk for an hour just about all the lessons I learned there.

And it was actually after a few years there when the opportunity came to make this movie, and I wanted to go for it. I don't think I would have been nearly as confident that it could be done for so little, for a modest budget, if I hadn't been coming straight from doing so many movies there.

Was there something in particular about this script, because I know this was co-written by Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas, that made you go, "Yes, this is absolutely the project I want to be out there making for my debut,"?

Sam Patton: Well, it was two things. It was the characters, which I fell in love with. The son is named Sam, which was the case when I read the first draft of the script, but it's made for plenty of jokes about what a traumatic childhood I must have had, and how this movie is autobiographical.

I was going to ask [laughs].

Sam Patton: No, no, that was in the first draft I read [laughs]. But it was the characters that jumped off the page immediately to me. I felt for them. I felt for their situations. The closest comparison to their situation in my life that I have experience with was when my grandmother passed away when I was nine. She was only 60, which is young, right? And all of her children and my grandfather all had really strong relationships with her and not that they had bad relationships with each other, but they all related through her. And so when she was gone, they had to sort of figure it out. She was the one that brought them all together for family things.

And so now, Abby and Sam, it's not that they don't love each other, they just don't get each other at all. But now they're all they have, and so they need to come together. And that character struggle was what drew me in. When I went looking for a contained environment horror film to make, the producer in me was looking for something small and doable on a small budget, but this was one of the first scripts I read. I fell in love with it, but I thought, "No, you can't make the first script you read." And I read more scripts, but came back to this one because it was so great.

And then the second part of it that made this script so important to me, it has this mirror element where it’s not quite an allegory—it's not like Metamorphosis with Kafka, where it's straight allegory—but there are parallels in the external story to the internal story, and I just thought that was really good storytelling and I wanted to bring it to the screen. And I thought we could do it.

For me, though, I have to find a point when it has to be made. It has to be now that we make a movie, and then we do it. So, that personal urgency is something I always try to find in every project, or else, how are you going to put two, three years into a movie, if you're not passionate every day about it?

Because you were working with basically four actors in this movie, was it conscientious on your part that you were trying to really keep this intimate and contained in terms of both the story and these characters?

Sam Patton: Definitely. There was at least one draft that had flashbacks to Michael in the hospital and we definitely discussed other scenes where there were park rangers finding a dead body, too, and an action opener. There were a lot of things discussed and I kept coming back to this idea that the movie should start and end in the woods, and it should be about these four people, and we should believe in the world they talk about, but you don't have to see it. Because to me, that's almost more real.

One example I give to people when I try and explain the right way to do it is, in the first Star Wars film, they blow up Alderaan. They blow an entire planet out of the sky. And we don't see anybody on Alderaan, but we see an old Jedi clutch his heart and sit down, and then we know something really terrible happened. You don't need to see the Marvel-level movie destruction of Alderaan to get it. You need to see a quiet moment, you know what I mean? So, yes, to answer your question, definitely for me it was important to keep it small and intimate.

And also—this is something I definitely discussed a lot with my cinematographer—we tried to challenge ourselves to do everything with less. If we thought a scene needed four setups, could we do it with two? Could we do it with one? Could we do a scene with one setup? If so, we're doing it with one setup, so how do we keep it interesting? And so that was sort of a challenge all the way through. It's like, "We don't need that. What's the fewest number of characters we need? What's the fewest number of locations?"

So, I like to think of working in a box as a really creatively liberating thing. Limitations, I like them a lot, because it gives you somewhere to start, it gives you a frame of reference. Some people don't always embrace that as a creative tool, and I think people should when they're making movies, small movies especially, that don't have the benefit of big budgets or stars to carry them.

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June 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Lawnmower Man, Life, Hack-o-lantern

As the summer continues to roll on, that means we have another great week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases to look forward to. The folks at Scream Factory are keeping themselves plenty busy this Tuesday, as they’re resurrecting both The Lawnmower Man and Island of Terror on Blu-ray, as well as their high-def The Paul Naschy Collection, and Arrow Video has put together an incredible two-disc limited Blu-ray set of Dario Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, that any fan of the Master of Horror will want to add to their collections. And, if you missed it in theaters, the horror/sci-fi thriller Life will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD formats, too.

Other notable releases for June 20th include the Hack-o-Lantern limited edition Blu-ray, Patchwork, Under the Dome: The Complete Series, Ten Little Indians,
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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new,
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Chris Pine & Michelle Williams To Star In Spy Thriller From ‘Theory Of Everything’ Director

For a while, we wondered if Chris Pine would ever be able to escape the shadow of Captain Kirk. Before he starred in J.J. Abrams’ first “Star Trek” film, Pine was mostly known for tween fare like Lindsay Lohan vehicle “Just My Luck” or “The Princess Diaries 2.” Pine proved to be perfect casting in the role that was created by William Shatner, but subsequent starring vehicles didn’t often work: for every “Unstoppable,” there was a “This Means War,” or a “Rise Of The Guardians,” or a “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” or a “Horrible Bosses 2.”

Read More: Review: ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Meryl Streep, Ana Kendrick, Emily Blunt & Johnny Depp

But Pine’s been having a better run of it recently.

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TVLine Items: The Detour Renewed, Celebrity Undercover Boss and More

The Parker family’s dysfunctional antics will continue, now that TBS has given a green light to Season 3 of The Detour.

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The Detour closes out its sophomore run with a new episode tonight at 10/9c, followed by a super-sized season finale, which will be presented with limited commercial interruption at 10:30.

“Season 2 has been so smart, hilarious and wrong,” TBS Svp Thom Hinkle said in a statement. “And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from [creators] Jason [Jones, who also stars] and Sam [Bee], Season 3 is going to be even more effed up.”

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