8 items from 2017
Jon Watts is on the verge of becoming Hollywood's hottest director. His work on Spider-Man: Homecoming is absolutely brilliant. He's not only made the best Spider-Man movie to date, but a truly exceptional coming of age story. I liken it to a John Hughes inspired superhero. Imagine Sixteen Candles or Breakfast Club with ass-kicking Spider-Man action. It's a fantastic take on the web slinger that captures the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man at the nascent stage.
Jon Watts is a Colorado native that studied film at New York University. He had success directing commercials and a series of clever shorts. His big break was the low budget, indie thriller Cop Car. The leap from that film to Spider-Man: Homecoming is extraordinary. Watts won the directing job by blowing away the Marvel executives and Kevin Feige with his Spider-Man presentation. He had a clear, concise vision for the story that was apparently very impressive. »
We're only at the year's halfway mark, but July is quickly shaping up to be the best moviegoing month of 2017: There are blockbusters lighthearted (Spidey's back yet again, and Sony swears they've cracked the formula this time) and solemn (Chris Nolan goes to war with Harry Styles in tow). Do you like your sci-fi weird (monkey in a tank!) or extra-weird (sentient brains!)? Indie types can check out an urgent new doc on Syria, a groundbreaking Yiddish-language drama or a British period piece-cum-feminist revenge thriller metaphysical drama. See, there »
[[tmz:video id="0_8lztyttm"]] Ethan Embry's hooked on something else these days ... Getting Yoked! The "Can't Hardly Wait" star was in Larchmont Village Tuesday and the convo started on a serious note -- drug addiction. Ethan was hooked on heroin and painkillers, but says he's 6 years sober now. He railed against those who want to criminalize drug addiction -- going off on a Twitter rant to get his point across ... but in the midst of that convo, we »
- TMZ Staff
Ethan Embry revealed over the weekend that he was once addicted to black tar heroin and prescription painkillers. Though he's now sober—and he's never relapsed—the memories are still fresh in his mind. The 38-year-old actor, best known for his role in the teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait, revealed the details of his prviate battle with opiate addiction in a series of tweets Friday. Embry's revelation came in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordering federal prosecutors to seek the harshest possible criminal penalties for drug offenders. "Opiate Od is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It's a health [crisis] not a criminal one Mr »
Out in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday from IFC Midnight is The Devil’s Candy, which was written and directed by Sean Byrne (the creative force behind the equally fantastic thriller The Loved Ones). The film stars Ethan Embry as an embattled father who will stop at nothing to keep his family—and particularly his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco)—safe from devilish forces in the form of a possessed man named Ray (portrayed by the always engaging Pruitt Taylor Vince).
Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Byrne about how his latest film became a way to explore his own fears and insecurities—both personally and professionally—and how he enjoys trying to subvert horror fans' expectations whenever he takes the directorial reins. Byrne also discussed his thoughts on celebrating heavy metal culture for The Devil’s Candy, collaborating with his cast, and more.
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- Heather Wixson
I’ve enjoyed Ethan Embry’s on-screen work for a long time now, and it’s been great to see him keeping busy these days—from his work on Grace and Frankie, to his appearance on the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, to his fantastic performances in genre fare like Cheap Thrills, Late Phases, The Guest, and his recent role in Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, which arrives in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 17th from IFC Midnight.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak in depth with Embry about his work on the film, and he discussed the appeal of playing a conflicted father who will stop at nothing to keep his family safe. Embry also chatted about working with Byrne and how he hopes fans appreciate the way the filmmaker’s vision for The Devil’s Candy represents all the metal aficionados out there. »
- Heather Wixson
One of my favorite Midnighters from this year’s SXSW Film Festival lineup is co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls, a horror comedy/slasher send-up that filled my genre-loving soul with thousands of heart emojis. The story follows two girls from a small town (Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp from X-Men Apocalypse and Straight Outta Compton), who are so obsessed with serial killers that they’ve created their own online show called Tragedy Girls. When their community is rocked by a series of brutal murders, the girls seize the opportunity to make a name for themselves.
At SXSW, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with MacIntyre, as well as Tragedy Girls co-stars Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) and Craig Robinson (who also co-produced the project), and the trio discussed their experiences working together on the film, finding the balance of horror and humor, and more.
- Heather Wixson
If you missed it on the festival circuit, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, starring Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills, Fashionista, Can't Hardly Wait), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Heavy, Monster), Kiara Glasco (Maps To The Stars, Bitten) and Shiri Appleby (Unreal, Roswell) is coming to a theater or TV near you this Friday. You can see the film in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on March 17th from IFC Midnight. Byrne, who previously directed the fan favorite cult horror film The Loved Ones, is back with another fantastic piece of filmmaking. Far from your typical home invasion flick, The Devil's Candy makes you care deeply about its characters. They're not your typical family, for starters. They love heavy metal and weird art, and the family's dad Jesse (Ethan Embry) is a full-time...
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8 items from 2017
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