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It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.
But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.
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Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
In Timothy S. Susanin’s book Walt Before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, readers are treated to a portrait of the famous animator from age 17 through his rise to international stardom. Directed by first-time filmmaker Khoa Le, Walt Before Mickey reveals the struggles Disney faced in the early days at his animation studio in Kansas when it was known as “Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists.” Disney’s most popular character, Mickey Mouse, didn’t appear on film until 1929’s Plane Crazy, so when we say “early days,” we mean it. Thomas Ian Nicholas from American Pie portrays Disney, while Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder (whoa) takes on the role of brother Roy. According to Design Taxi, this is a straight-to-video affair...
- Alison Nastasi
In his book Teenage, Jon Savage pinpoints the exact era when the idea of mopey, angry, hormone-filled adolescents finally took root in popular culture. Before 1945, there was no such thing as a teenager, no hinterland between childhood and adulthood. You finished school, then you were a grown up. No time to tread water or get used to things, just thrown in at the deep end. It’s only in the 20th century that the “liminal state of development that is temporally finite, cut short by the onslaught of responsibility and exhilaration of adulthood” reared its ugly head. Which coincides, rather handily, with the invention of the teen movie.
The fifties saw the rise of the rebellious biker picture, all rebels without causes and wild ones. The seventies was the time for George Lucas’ nostalgic American Graffiti to take the young folks’ minds off the draft. The eighties was presided over by John Hughes, »
- Tom Baker
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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I'm surprised that we haven't seen a really good biopic based on the life of Walt Disney. The closest thing we've gotten is his portrayal by Tom Hanks in the movie Saving Mr. Banks. There is an independent film coming though called Walt Before Mickey, which chronicles the early days of Walt's animation career. The film was directed by Juilliard graduate Khoa Le, and it's based on a 2011 book by Timothy Susanin called Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928. The feature stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as Walt, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as his brother Roy, David Henrie plays an animator, and Jodie Sweetin (Full House) as Charlotte Disney.
This may seem like the kind of made for TV movie biopic that you'd see on Lifetime, but it's what we've got for now. I'm sure someday fans of Walt will get the amazing biopic we've all be waiting for. »
- Joey Paur
“We’re both in the sequel to ‘Finding Nemo'” West revealed in an interview this week with Shortlist, “so we were recording that.”
Also set to star retuning cast Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, as well as new additions Diane Keaton (The Godfather), Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.
Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17th, »
- Scott Davis
The story of the young Walt Disney is coming to the screen - and here's the first trailer...
Digging way back into the story of Walt Disney is the upcoming movie, Walt Before Mickey. Based on the book of the same name, the film is focusing on the early struggles of Disney, back in the days when he was an animator and businessman, rather than the head of a hugely successful company. In fact, Walt Before Mickey is likely to focus on the studios he launched before he struck gold, eventually, with Disney.
Khoa Le has directed this one, from a script by Arthur L Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez. Playing Disney? That'd be Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) playing his brother, Roy.
It's still unclear when we'll get this one, as it's yet to find a distributor. But here's the first trailer...
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While audiences were served up a fantastic portrayal of a 1960s Walt Disney in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, Khoa Le’s Walt Before Disney is set to serve up another helping of the legendary animator, only this time with a particular interest in the early, defining years of the artist’s career.
The period drama — largely based on Timothy S. Susanin’s nonfiction novel, Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 — will be situated in the 1920s, a time where Walt’s nascent career was hampered by several false starts and crushing disappointments.
Labelled as the “missing decade”, the film is set to chart Walt (played by American Pie’s Thomas Ian Nicholas) as he ventures from Missouri to California in the search of his dream — setting up four mediocre film studios along the way.
- Michael Briers
An extended edition of the second chapter in SyFy's insanely overrated and preposterous piscine franchise is swimming our way. 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' is due to arrive on both Blu-ray and DVD on 7 October bringing with it a number of bonus extras. The sequel stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid ('American Pie'), Vivica A. Fox ('Idle Hands'), Mark McGrath, Judd Hirsch ('Taxi'), Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick ('Employee of the Month'), Billy Ray Cyrus, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Judah Friedlander ('30 Rock') and Perez Hilton. You can check out the full list of features plus the Blu-ray artwork below. »
Exclusive: Before he created Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney was an animator and businessman who spent a decade shrugging off failure in order to build the studio that would turn him into an icon. The indie period drama Walt Before Mickey chronicles nine years worth of these early struggles, with American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas playing the young and ambitious Disney and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder as his brother Roy. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline.
Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era “missing decade” during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez. »
- Jen Yamato
What's better than Sharknado 2: The Second One? Well, for one thing the original Sharknado was, but for argument's sake let's say that more Sharknado 2 is the answer to that question! Read on for details surrounding its home video release!
From the Press Release
Syfy’s ratings record-breaker turned pop culture phenomenon continues with the epic adventure Sharknado 2: The Second One, hitting shores as a never-before-aired extended version on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 7th from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and The Asylum.
In this new Shark-tastic adventure, stars Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210”) and Tara Reid (American Pie) reprise their roles from the original, now iconic disaster film Sharknado. Joining the cast are Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Volume 1), platinum recording artist Mark McGrath, comedian Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), and a huge collection of celebrities making must-see cameo appearances, including Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Al Roker, »
- Steve Barton
It’s hard to prepare for a storm that has sharp teeth. A new shark-infested hurricane engulfs New York City in the follow-up to 2013’s Sharknado, and Ian Ziering is at the ready with an even bigger chainsaw this time around. You can see this sequel’s over-the-top mayhem in your own home with SyFy’s upcoming extended version release of Sharknado 2: The Second One to Blu-ray and DVD.
Press Release - “Syfy’s ratings record-breaker turned pop culture phenomenon continues with the epic adventure, Sharknado 2: The Second One, hitting shores as a never-before-aired extended version on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD October 7 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and The Asylum.
In this new Shark-tastic adventure, stars Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Tara Reid (American Pie) reprise their roles from the original, now iconic disaster film Sharknado. Joining the cast is Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Volume 1), platinum recording artist Mark McGrath, »
- Derek Anderson
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Starz's experimental docu-series “The Chair” dared two first-time feature filmmakers to create individual movies using the same script. A risky venture, it took Chris Moore — whose many producing credits include “Good Will Hunting,” “American Pie” and HBO filmmaker competition “Project Greenlight” – three years to get someone to make “The Chair.” “I'm still very grateful to Starz and Chris Albrecht for letting me do it,” Moore told TheWrap. Also read: ‘The Chair’ Producer Zachary Quinto Talks ‘Skepticism’ About Unscripted TV “We don't want it to look like a reality show, we don't want it to look like anything you've seen before, »
- Jethro Nededog
The dark comedy about depression debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the deal closed this week at the Toronto Film Festival.
The “Friends” star’s first behind-the-camera effort stars Seann William Scott (of “American Pie” fame) as a suicidal man who goes home to wrap things up with people he thinks he’s wronged. The film co-stars Cox’s ex-husband David Arquette, Rob Riggle, Garret Dillahunt, Kate Walsh, and Olivia Thirlby.
The deal was negotiated by Wme Global and Kevin Kasha, Starz’s head of acquisitions.
- Brent Lang
In case you haven't noticed, it's film fest season; and if you live in or near Toronto, one of the best is kicking off October 16th: Toronto After Dark, now in its 9th year. Per usual, it's chock-full of many of the latest high profile titles so read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.
These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American, or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014, at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The remainder of Toronto After Dark's 2014 lineup, which »
- Debi Moore
Created by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), the executive producer of Project Greenlight, the Starz original series The Chair is a filmmaking experience the follows two first-time directors who are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from the same screenplay. From very different backgrounds, Shane Dawson is one of the biggest comedians on YouTube, with over 10 million subscribers, while Anna Martemucci co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature film Breakup at a Wedding. But through this process, they both have the common goal of making a full-length feature that is uniquely them and something that that can be proud of, and then it’s up to the viewers to ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000. During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer Chris Moore talked about what he was hoping to get from this experiment, how it’s turned out different from what he expected, »
- Christina Radish
Teen movies took over in the '90s, thanks to films like "Scream" and "American Pie" striking big -- and, these days, the stars of those movies look a 'lil bit different.Films like "Cruel Intentions," "She's All That," "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Varsity Blues" were filled with tons of eye candy for both men and women to enjoy, bringing us sexy stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ethan Embry, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more. Here at toofab, "10 Things I Hate About You" might just be our favorite flick from that era -- and it's pretty hard to believe it's been over 10 years since the comedy hit theaters.Julia Stiles starred as the rebellious Kat Stratford in the twist on "The Taming of the Shrew," pretty boy Andrew Keegan took on the role of the playboy Joey Donner and Larisa Oleynik (Alex Mac herself!) played Kat's popular sis Bianca Stratford. »
- tooFab Staff
Just when you thought it was safe to travel to New England, Rock and Shock announces Tara Reid is among the newest crop of guests attending the 11th annual event. We all know wherever Tara goes, a sharknado can't be far behind.
In anticipation for the October 17-19 event in Worcester, Ma, Rock and Shock organizers have been busy over the past couple of weeks announcing the guest list a few names at a time in true cliffhanger fashion, keeping fans of the event glued to social media to catch the next name.
In addition to Reid, Rock and Shock has announced a slew of other guests, including festival favorites Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and William Forsythe. Also, Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, Lynn Lowry, John Russo, Kristina Klebe, Justin Beahm, and Jack Bennett have been added as well.
Saturday's headline musical act was also revealed. Gwar will be »
- Scott Hallam
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