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Starring Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite, Material Girls), Michael Ironside (X-Men : First Class, Total Recall), Desecrated is billed as “the first big horror thrill ride of 2015″ – and we have the first images and trailer for the movie, which is set to make its Us debut on January 6th courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.
After finding his family murdered by vagrant squatters, an ex-military operative and survivalist is hired by the man who bought his land to watch over the acreage and protect it from invaders. When the new landowner’s daughter arrives for a weekend getaway with her friends, the trip turns deadly when they discover the caretaker’s dark secret – rather than driving off trespassers, he’s hunting them in cold blood.
- Phil Wheat
Desecrated is an indie horror feature from first time feature film director Rob Garcia. The film involves a piece of land, which is guarded by a very strange man. Desecrated stars Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite) and Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers). To release January 6th, 2015, a preview for the film is here. Several friends head out on a peaceful weekend getaway. Their plans are interrupted by a security guard, who takes his job much too seriously. Now, the friends are being tracked and stalked by a serial killer! A trailer for Desecrated was released earlier this year. Fans of horror can preview the clip below. The trailer introduces several of the characters and some of the killer's murderous tools. As well, a couple more stills have been released for the film. Viewers can find the photos below. The stills show the friends camping on a remote ranch. All the details on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Variety reports. The portrait of the late Nirvana singer-guitarist will be joining a number of other documentaries and features, including Liz Garbus' study of Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?, and I Am Michael, a new drama staring James Franco as Michael Glatze, a gay-rights activist who renounced his homosexuality and became a minister.
Garbus' look at the complicated, multifaceted life of Simone is one of the festival's select opening-day screenings, and will eventually air on Netflix. »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
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Time for the premieres! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 45 days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has officially announced more of their line-up following the In-Competition selection and Midnight & Spotlight last week, mainly the coveted Premieres category, 28 narrative features and docs, at the world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. Here's where they have regulars Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas), James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and plenty of great filmmakers. Plus - the docs this year, oh my! Full lists below. Premieres: A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year. Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. »
- Alex Billington
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
The current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series continues to be a favorite of mine. It strikes the right balance between being a goofy, fun cartoon about a bunch of lovable characters and addressing more serious and dark themes about power and responsibility. It also does well at adding new ideas, characters, and material while including homages to previous incarnations of Tmnt and staying true to the foundations of the overall series. The art is pretty cool and unique; and of course, the voice talent and creative team are stellar.
The series is now in Season 3 (and already renewed for a fourth season!) and has taken on a slightly different focus, with the Turtles leaving the familiar NYC cityscape for other territory. A short while ago I got to sit down at the Times Square Toys “R” Us (a super-cool store with a Ferris wheel and other nifty things inside »
- Emily S. Whitten
The project is based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina in which an armored car driver and vault supervisor stole $17.3 million in cash. Galifianakas is playing the driver.
The movie, to be released Aug. 14, 2015, was originally titled “Loomis Fargo.” It was shot this summer in North Carolina with Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) directing from a script by Emily Spivey, Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer.
- Dave McNary
Gosh! It’s been 10 years since Napoleon, Pedro, and Kip created the cult classic film Napoleon Dynamite, and though the gang (and Tina the llama) still live on in our hearts, their offscreen counterparts look totally different these days. Check out the core cast then and now: Jon Heder (Napoleon) He’s got skills! After starring as the amazingly awkward Napoleon, Heder appeared in 2007’s Blades of Glory as a professional ice dancer and in Kristen Bell’s 2010 rom com When in Rome. In 2012, he voiced his beloved character [...] »
It's been a decade since America voted for Pedro and made Napoleon Dynamite a hipster touchstone. The 2004 indie comedy, about a small-town loser (Jon Heder) with mad dance skills determined to elect his pal Pedro (Efren Ramirez) class president, divided audiences when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. But Fox Searchlight saw the zeitgeist-shifting potential of director Jared Hess's first film (written with his wife, Jerusha) and turned the $400,000 oddball into a sleeper hit that raked in $45 million. How did that happen? With the help of the stars—and one stand-in llama—EW went searching for answers. —Jake Perlman »
- EW staff
Happy Tuesday! Time for your latest installment of Spoiler Chat, where we solve all of the world's greatest mysteries! Or, you know, some stuff you want to know about TV. What's the latest on Tvd's Caroline and Stefan? The Affair, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge and more? Read on for the exclusive scoop.... Rob: Constantine scoop! Please! Time to dust off your "Vote for Pedro" shirts! I can exclusively reveal that Napoleon Dynamite's Efren Ramirez has been cast on the NBC comic book show. He will guest star in "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 2" as Julio, a wily, street smart inmate who knows how to "get things" in a Mexican prison, ranging »
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Quentin Dupieux’s “Reality” following its screening at AFI fest on Saturday.
“Reality,” which world premiered at Venice and won the Critics nod at Sitges, toplines Eric Wareheim, Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”), John Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Elodie Bouchez (“Happy Few”) and Jonathan Lambert (“Love Lasts Three Years”). It’s produced by Gregory Bernard at Realitism Films.
“IFC released Dupieux’s previous movie, the Sundance-preeming ‘Wrong Cops’ and did a great job so we’re very happy to team up with them again on Reality,” said Bernard.
Nicolas Eshbach’s Indie Sales, which handles worldwide, has also sold the movie to Germany, Pierrot Le Fou, Praesens in Switzerland and O’Brother in Benelux.
Shot in Los Angeles in French and English, “Reality” weaves together the journeys of a trio: an 8-year-old girl who finds a mysterious VHS tape, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Believe it or not, it's been a full decade since the world was exposed to the weird wonders of Napoleon Dynamite, with its painfully awkward protagonist, pet llama and infinitely quotable put-downs. ("Your mom goes to college!") But here we are. More to the point, here are the stars of the quirky comedy that had a whole generation wearing "Vote for Pedro" t-shirts. Entertainment Weekly has reunited the cast of Napoleon Dynamite for their upcoming reunion issue, which included getting the Ghostbusters cast back together. You can check out their full gallery here, but we've selected our favorite shots, along with a side to side comparison of stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Haylie Duff and Tina the llama, then and now. First up a reunion shot with the crew looking far more chic than their Napoleon Dynamite counterparts. Next, a look at Napoleon Dynamite's leading man, Jon Heder, »
Exclusive: Mpi Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock’s The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV’s Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) also star.
Hammock makes his debut as director after serving as production designer on a number of notable genre indies including All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, You’re Next and The Guest. He also co-scripted with Jacob Forman, who wrote Mandy Lane. The Well premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and will get a theatrical/VOD release early next year through Mpi’s Dark Sky Films. »
- Jen Yamato
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
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
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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In a video posted on YouTube, Heder wishes 12-year-old leukaemia patient Mary Elizabeth Paris good luck in her battle against the illness.
Gosh! Napoleon Dynamite turns 10: His 10 most inspiring quotes
Heder tells the young fan to listen to her heart, before revealing that gold is "pretty much the best colour of all time".
The actor ends the video with the same 'butterfly lotus' demonstration from the 2004 movie.
The cast and crew of Napoleon Dynamite reunited earlier this year to celebrate the film's tenth anniversary.
Heder reprised his role as the socially inept teenager in a video for 12-year-old Mary Elizabeth Paris, a leukemia patient who is a huge fan of the film. While today’s Dynamite seems to have sprouted a beard, Heder was still able to channel the breathy intonations of the classic movie dork to wish Paris luck, complete with his signature “butterfly lotus” hand wave made popular in the film. »
- Teresa Jue
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