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"Are you kidding me, man?!" composer Angelo Badalamenti howls jokingly when Rolling Stone asks him what he thought of Twin Peaks, the TV series he scored in the early Nineties. "It was really off the wall. I thought it was either going to sink violently down the drain or, hopefully, capture the intrigue of enthusiastic people conversing by the office water cooler on a Monday morning."
12 Things We Learned from David Lynch's Talk at Bam
As it turned out, Twin Peaks was an instant hit when it premiered on April 8th, »
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jason Patric may be best known for his roles in films like “The Lost Boys” and “Speed 2,” but in certain circles, he had become known for his very public custody battle with ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber. Over the course of their on again, off again relationship, Patric donated his sperm to Schreiber and is now suing for parental rights. It was after the couple reconciled when their son, Gus, was young that Schreiber says Patric began to revert to his abusive tendencies again, this time with antisemitic insults, allegedly calling her “Ms. Jew Schreiber” and “Jew cunt,” and writing in »
- Linda Ge
Bizarre AC II took place June 13-15 at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and Dread Central went down-the-shore to check it out! Here's our event report plus an overflowing image gallery.
Having traveled to different conventions across the country, I am always searching for that old-school vibe I felt back in the 90’s. I would go to every NYC Weekend of Horrors starting at the age of 14 with my horror-loving father, Joseph Buckley (a man who used to buy Don Post Frankenstein masks from Famous Monsters to scare the kids with in the Heights of Jersey City but would not get the Monster inked on him while in the Navy because he thought it would upset his dad).
Bizarre AC II had that feeling… the feeling of the old ways, the old time when horror was new and everything you saw was not readily available from an online chain store. »
- Heather Buckley
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with joy, innocence, and wonder.
The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »
- Randall Unger
With Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, memoir adaptation Wild and drama The Good Lie all on the way this year, Reese Witherspoon’s message to Hollywood seems pretty simple: Oscar, please. And though Wild is shaping up to be her best chance of snagging a Best Actress nomination, The Good Lie is definitely the most blatantly obvious attempt to pull at voters’ heartstrings.
In the first trailer for the movie, Witherspoon, her hair dyed brown, plays a fiery woman who takes in three Sudanese refugees (played by Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal) and attempts to reunite them with their sister (Nyakuoth Weil). Though her character is less than knowledgable about the backgrounds of the trio, actually mixing up her African countries, she eventually learns some life lessons from helping the refugees.
It’s all blandly inspirational stuff, and I’m worried that The Good Lie will turn »
- Isaac Feldberg
I Declare War will be available for digital download and on DVD from 30 June 2014 and to celebrate, we have 3 DVDs to give away!
I Declare War focuses on a group of 12-year-old friends whilst they play an innocent game of ‘Capture the Flag’ in the neighbourhood woods, arming themselves with nothing more than sticks, their imagination and a simple set of rules.
One afternoon the game takes on a more serious tone and the quest for victory pushes the boundaries of friendship, giving the would-be warriors a glimpse of the darker side of human nature. Will child’s play turn to something more real or will these boys battle it out and win the war?
The film was recently screened at »
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.
In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. »
- Michelle McCue
Here’s the synopsis:
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.
The director is Philippe Falardeau.
“The Good Lie” will be in theaters on October 3.
Check out the poster and trailer below.
- Gig Patta
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Starring Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Corey Stoll (House Of Cards), Sarah Baker (The Campaign) alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war themselves.
Released on September 26th in the UK and October 3rd in the USA, The Good Lie »
- Scott Davis
Warner Bros. has released the first The Good Lie trailer. Reese Witherspoon stars as an American woman who is assigned to help three Sudanese refugees (a few of the "Lost Boys of Sudan") move to the United States. Everything falls into place when "from the executive producer of The Blind Side" flashes across the screen in the middle of the trailer. Relying on the perspective of a bankable white star to tell the story of Sudanese refugees is problematic, but there is still a good story in there. Director Philippe Falardeau earned rave reviews for his last feature, Monsieur Lazhar, so I hope he finds an effective way to tell that story. Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and that Blind Side Ep Molly Smith are producing. Watch the Good Lie trailer after the break. Via »
- Brendan Bettinger
With one Oscar under her belt for "Walk The Line," it seems like this year, Reese Witherspoon is really gunning for another statue for her mantle. She already has "Wild" coming from Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of "Dallas Buyers Club," and now she's teaming with another French Canadian filmmaker for another awards-baiting drama, and the first trailer has arrived. "The Good Lie" finds Philippe Falardeau, of "Monsieur Lazhar" fame, directing this based-on-a-true story tale about "The Lost Boys," four Sudanese refugees who in the 1980s are taken under the wing of a plucky, single American woman. And so, the resulting movie plays pretty much on the nose of what you would expect, especially given that the trailer trumps that it's from the folks who brought you "The Blind Side." So subtle, this is not. But then again, it does have Corey Stoll, who we will pretty much watch in anything. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Save Yourself first details, a new clip from The Well, a look at the first four minutes from Discopath, the teaser trailer for Bestseller, and much more:
New Clip from The Well and Screening Details: “At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether »
- Tamika Jones
Dysfunctional families have been extremely fertile ground for Hollywood for a long time, as has been made clear by the abundance of dramas like August: Osage Country and Nebraska, and comedies like Little Miss Sunshine and the upcoming This Is Where I Leave You. Now, audiences can look forward to another film that explores broken family dynamics – Are You Here, which stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.
A new trailer for the flick, which focuses on a weatherman (Wilson) who accompanies his childhood friend (Galifianakis) to the reading of his late father’s will, has hit the web, and you can check it out below.
Normally, the involvement of Wilson and Galifianakis alone would be enough to get me excited, but the supporting cast for Are You Here is also superb. Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks & Recreation) plays Terry, sister of Galifianakis’ flighty man-child, who understandably isn’t too happy »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jason Patric scored a huge victory at a California appeals court on Wednesday. The actor has overcome significant odds and established the right to claim parentage of his 4-year-old son Gus, who was born through artificial insemination. The custody dispute, which received national press attention, is between Patric and ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber. Thanks to California law, which grants the mother full custody unless there is a written agreement establishing parental rights before conception, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied The Lost Boys star access to his son. But according to today's decision, California appeals court judge
- Eriq Gardner
As the son of acclaimed Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland always had a lot to live up to; renowned today for his distinctly husky voice, gruff characteristics and unabashed charisma, there’s no denying that Sutherland has managed to mark himself out as a wildly versatile talent. Indeed, Sutherland’s appeal doesn’t extend from his ability to play a single character type, despite the fact that many seem intent to peg him as a one-dimensional action star. Instead, Sutherland has succeeded in bringing all kinds of varied characters to life.
Best known today for his role as Agent Jack Bauer in TV’s 24 (a character so popular that Sutherland’s performance has near on overshadowed everything else in his filmography, for good or for worse), Sutherland is also remembered for an array of supporting characters in movies such as Stand By Me, The Lost Boys and Flatliners. »
- Sam Hill
A chilling performance as the paedophile Sidney Cooke in the BBC's 1994 documentary drama The Lost Boys was the last British television appearance of my friend Glyn Jones, who has died aged 82. His theatrical career took him all over the world and he appeared regularly on television, film and radio.
Born in Durban, Glyn was the son of Llewelyn Jones, a Welsh-born gold prospector in Southern Rhodesia, and Rosa Angela Paino, a teacher from northern Natal, whose pupils included the writer Alan Paton and the actor Sid James. Llewelyn was a cousin of the composer Edward German.
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- Douglas Foote
Queer As Folk, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Charles McDougall
Written by Russell T. Davies
Original Air Date: 23 February 1999
That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the Us drama thirtysomething featured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time.
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