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*Updated* Tragedy Girls Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, Theatrical Release Slated for 2017

31 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with the official press release.* We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to watch MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls since our own Heather Wixson saw it at the SXSW Film Festival, saying that it "brilliantly turns the slasher genre on its head" in her five-star review. Thankfully, it looks like horror fans won't have to wait much longer to see it.

Press Release: Los Angeles – July 31, 2017 -- Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, today announced the acquisition of the teen-slasher-comedy, Tragedy Girls. The film follows two death-obsessed teens played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. The acquisition comes just as the film made its Canadian debut at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Tragedy Girls was directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who also co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill. »

- Derek Anderson

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Frank Darabont's Defense of Abusive 'Walking Dead' Emails: "Stress" and "Extraordinary Crisis"

12 July 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Warning: This story contains explicit language.

The history of Hollywood is littered with legendary freak-outs — think David O. Russell's berating of Lily Tomlin on the set of 2004's I Heart Huckabees, or Christian Bale's Terminator Salvation tantrum in 2009. Now joining that ignominious list is Frank Darabont, whose spectacularly abusive emails to AMC executives and crew during the fraught production of the first season of The Walking Dead have surfaced amid his $280 million lawsuit against the network.

Darabont, who co-created the blockbuster cable hit, was fired as showrunner from the series early in its second season. He and his CAA team »

- Seth Abramovitch

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Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

2 July 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

All of a sudden the scary decline at the indie box office has reversed. Through the first five months of 2017, only four films opening limited in the standard four New York/Los Angeles theaters opened with a per theater average of $20,000. In the last four weeks, four films have opened strong as “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), “The Big Sick” (Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus) opened well and reached crossover crowds.

This week’s addition, Sundance comedy hit “The Little Hours” (Gunpowder & Sky) is the latest surprise. Loosely inspired by the bawdy 14th-century Boccaccio classic “The Decameron” (The Hollywood version starred Joan Fontaine while Pasolini shocked in 1971), this tale is set in the Medieval Italian countryside with bawdy contemporary dialogue as a randy peasant hides out at a convent after his master catches him with his wife. It did strong business at four theaters on two coasts.

This comes the »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Jude Law Needs Fewer Soulless Blockbusters and More Iconoclasts Like Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jean Smart’s Supernatural Thriller ‘Awaken the Shadowman’ Lands at Gravitas

16 May 2017 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to the supernatural thriller “Awaken the Shadowman,” starring James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, and Jean Smart, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gravitas will launch a limited theatrical release July 21, followed by a digital and on-demand release on July 25.

Awaken the Shadowman,” formerly called “The Ones Above,” centers on two brothers who reunite after their mother’s mysterious disappearance. In their search, they uncover a hidden cult and supernatural force.

The film also stars Emily Somers, Andrea Hunt, and Robert R. Shafer. It was written and produced by Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Caleb, and Zimbardi under their WildStory Production Company. J.S. Wilson directed.

“The film’s concept is based on actual phenomena, and the story is in part inspired by true life events from my early childhood,” said Hancock. “We’re thrilled to be debuting a new villain to the world this summer through Gravitas Ventures. »

- Dave McNary

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Alison Brie & Aubrey Plaza Play Bawdy Medieval Nuns In The Raunchy, Nsfw Trailer For ‘The Little Hours’ [Watch]

18 April 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You may not quite know the name Jeff Baena, but you kind of do already. Baena helped co-write “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell and if you were paying attention, you’ll also know he directed his feature-length indie with “Life After Beth” in 2013 — a hilarious rom-zomcom starring Aubrey Plaza as the zombie girlfriend from hell. He’s also been working at a ridiculously fast clip.

Continue reading Alison Brie & Aubrey Plaza Play Bawdy Medieval Nuns In The Raunchy, Nsfw Trailer For ‘The Little Hours’ [Watch] at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Kevin Spacey and Kafka with cats: a closer look at Nine Lives

10 April 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2017

Kevin Spacey turns into a cat. Christopher Walken. We take a closer look at the Kafka-esque comedy, Nine Lives..

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.”

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So goes the first line in Franz Kafka’s classic short story, Metamorphosis - a tiny, existential drama subject to all kinds of interpretations since its publication in 1915. Even that famous opening line is open to interpretation, as this Guardian piece points out: did Kafka really mean that poor, unfortunate Gregor woke up as a cockroach, another kind of insect, or something else entirely? The German phrase he uses, “Ungeheuren Ungeziefer” loosely translates to “enormous vermin.” 

Whatever Gregor becomes, it’s something pitiful and helpless; he can no longer work, and gradually, he’s shunned by his own family. »

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Michel Gondry and Jon Brion Team Up For Eternally Sunny Yogurt Ad — Watch

10 April 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry and composer Jon Brion have teamed up again for a whimsical ad that is all sunshine and no feverish heartache.

The commercial is from Greek yogurt company Chobani, and it’s called “Fruit Symphony.” Short and uplifting, it shows musicians playing fruit instruments as a choir of Chobani employees sing Brion’s arrangement of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.”

Read More: Michel Gondry Literally Delivers Dreams in Charming FedEx Commercial — Watch

The ad opens with a coconut sliced in half acting as a high-hat cymbal, and goes on to show some sort of peach synthesizer and a banana piano. (Bananiano?) As a man rubbing a mango smiles at a drummer tapping an apple, Chobani’s message reads: “Food brings us together.”

Perhaps best known for “Eternal Sunshine,” Gondry also directed “The Science of Sleep” and, more recently, a »

- Jude Dry

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7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel

24 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O. Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.

Read More: Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay

Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.

Woody Allen

Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Isabelle Huppert: A Tribute’ Is Essential Viewing for All Huppert Super-Fans — Watch

21 February 2017 9:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Oscar voting currently underway, what better time for the Academy to remember the exemplary work of Best Actress contender and the woman Stephen Colbert recently called “the French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert? Or maybe you’re like the rest of us, a lowly Huppert connoisseur who just likes to appreciate the French actress’ immense talents.

Read More: The Oscar Race for Best Actress is Down To Emma Stone vs. Isabelle Huppert

In a career-spanning video (that still only touches on 50 of the 100+ films she’s worked on), our own sometime-contributor Carlos Aguilar has created a tribute that offers a glimpse at the performances Huppert gave in films such as “La Cérémonie,” “Amour,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and 2016’s “Elle,” which garnered her the Oscar nomination.

“Academy Award-nominated actress, Isabelle Huppert, is one of the most versatile, prolific, and talented performers the world has ever seen,” the video’s description reads. »

- Allison Picurro

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race

10 February 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am

This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.

Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.

Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Lily Tomlin Receives Life Achievement Award From Dolly Parton at 2017 SAG Awards

29 January 2017 6:47 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Lily Tomlin's indelible mark on film and television was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday.

The celebrated star was presented with the award by country music icon and 9 to 5 co-star Dolly Parton. Jane Fonda, who stars with Tomlin on the hit Netflix dramedy Grace and Frankie, was scheduled to present, but was forced to cancel due to strep throat, Tomlin told Et's Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet.

Tomlin, like so many others at this year's show, got political in her speech, but managed to use her razor wit to bring levity to the seriousness of the political climate.

Photos: 2017 SAG Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

"What a week this has been though, so you are kind of anti-climactic," Tomlin said, standing next to her award. "The doomsday clock has been moved up to two-and-a-half minutes before midnight! [So] This award it came just in the nick of time."

"When the great »

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Lily Tomlin Receives Life Achievement Award

29 January 2017 6:04 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if there were any doubt, Lily Tomlin reminded the world of her singular talents as she received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Taking the stage at the 23rd annual SAG Awards, the acclaimed actress, comedian, writer and producer accepted the honor from Dolly Parton, her longtime friend and costar in the 1980 comedy hit Nine to Five.

Tomlin took the stage to accept the award, joking that it came “just in the nick of time.”

“What a week this has been though. You are kind of anti-climactic,” she joked. “Doomsday clock moved »

- Oliver Gettell and Jodi Guglielmi

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Digital Studio Gunpowder & Sky Snags A Sundance Premiere Called ‘The Little Hours’

27 January 2017 3:29 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

One year after its launch, the digital studio Gunpowder & Sky has filled its distribution pipeline with a number of interesting projects. Up next for the company led by former Viacom and Endemol execs is The Little Hours, a feature film that premiere to generally positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Little Hours, which stars sitcom sweethearts Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci, is a modern-day take on the 14th-century Italian anthology The Decameron, and it contains the same sort of bawdy comedy that has allowed its source material to hold up 600 years after it was first written. The new film was screened at Sundance, where it was generally well-received; The Hollywood Reporter offered particularly effusive praise.

The director of The Little Hours, Jeff Baena, is no stranger to the world of digital distribution. His last film Joshy, was one of the first picked up by Hulu as »

- Sam Gutelle

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Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton to Present 2016 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin

17 January 2017 3:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s going to be a 9 to 5 reunion for Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards when they present their former costar and longtime friend, Lily Tomlin, with the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award, People exclusively confirms.

The legendary actresses share a long history and close friendship stemming from their classic comedy film about three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with their bigoted boss.

At the time the film was shot, Fonda and Tomlin were already friends who were recognized by their peers as some of the best actresses in the business. »

- Alexia Fernandez

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