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‘End of a Gun’ DVD Review

Stars: Steven Seagal, Jade Ewen, Florin Piersic Jr., Jacob Grodnik, Jonathan Rosenthal, Ovidiu Niculescu, Claudiu Bleont, Troy Miller, Alexandre Nguyen, Andrei Ciopec | Written by Chuck Hustmyre, Keoni Waxman | Directed by Keoni Waxman

When Decker (Seagal), a highly skilled ex-dea agent, crosses paths with Lisa (Jade Ewen), she approaches him with a seductive proposition: help her steal two million dollars from a drug kingpin’s car, guarded by Parisian Police, and share in the bounty. But, even if they outrun the cops, can they outgun the hit squads sent by the furious, sadistic drug lord to reclaim the loot?

From a story written by a former federal agent, Chuck Hustmyre, End of a Gun is yet another collaboration between Seagal and director Keoni Waxman – who, it seems, has become Seagal’s go-to guy when it comes to capturing the movie hard man at his best. Well, unless you count the last effort from the duo,
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Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (Exclusive)

Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (Exclusive)
Crimson Forest Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Chinese period romance “The Jade Pendant,” from China- and Hong Kong-based Lotus Entertainment.

Shot in Utah, “The Jade Pendant” is directed by Hong Kong veteran Leong Po-Chih (“The Detonator,” “Out of Reach”) and follows the journey of a young girl who, fleeing an arranged marriage in China, finds herself on American shores.

Her tragic love story is set against the 1871 burning of Chinatown in Los Angeles and the largest mass lynching in American history. The film is targeted to release theatrically Oct. 24, on the anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871.

The film stars South Korean star Clara Lee (“Working Girl”), Taiwanese heartthrob Godfrey Gao (“The Mortal Instruments”), Russell Wong (“Romeo Must Die,” “Contract to Kill”), and screen veterans Tsai Chin and Tzi Ma.

The Jade Pendant was produced by Thomas Leong, Bruce Feirstein and Scott Rosenfelt for Lotus Entertainment.

Crimson Forest
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‘Contract to Kill’ DVD Review

Stars: Steven Seagal, Russell Wong, Jemma Dallender, Mircea Drambareanu, Sergiu Costache, Ghassan Bouz, Andrei Stanciu | Written and Directed by Keoni Waxman

In his latest direct to DVD effort, Contract to Kill, Steven Seagal stars as Harmon, a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team: FBI agent Zara, and spy-drone pilot Sharp, he flies to Istanbul and uncovers a brutal plot by Islamic extremists – who plan to use Sonora drug-smuggling routes to bring deadly weapons, and leaders, into the U.S. To prevent an attack on America, Harmon must turn these two savage forces against one another before his time, and his luck, run out.

Yes, we’re back on the Steven Seagal bandwagon, with yet another film that, once again, sees writer/director Keoni Waxman working with Segal to craft another slice of direct to DVD action. In fact, if my maths is correct, Contract to Kill
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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat

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‘Split,’ #1 Again? Why Shyamalan’s Movie Could Be the Rare Horror Threepeat
On the last quiet weekend before elevated titles enter the fray, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) gets a shot of repeating #1 for the third week, with the only significant contender being “Rings” (Paramount), yet another horror franchise entry.

In addition to “Split,” “Rings” will battle “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and the second weekend of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) for positions among the top six. There’s also “The Space Between Us” (Stx), the second science-fiction romance after “Passengers” in under two months. None of these films are likely to bring in even $15 million, and not all are guaranteed to top $10 million.

Super Bowl weekend is reliably one of the lowest grossing of the year. Like other weak weekends (post Labor Day, some Halloweens, early December), there’s an element of self-fulfilling prophecy as studios avoid it for top releases. Still, free from direct competition, it’s a
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The Frightening Truth About Steven Seagal's Career

Steven Seagal has made only one horror movie to date, and that was 2009's Against the Dark, in which he had a cameo that found him beating off vampires. Yet, here at Dread Central we've been known to cover the world of the bizarre and the paranormal. You're about to learn something about Seagal that is beyond bizarre...

Did you ever notice the strangest thing about Seagal movie titles is that they tell a story in order of their release? No? Check IMDb if you don't believe. Sit back, dear reader, and allow me to take you on a strange trip filled with action, madmen, and revenge.

Steven Seagal was Above The Law, but he was too Hard To Kill so now he's been Marked For Death by Jamaicans who are Out For Justice. Can he live while Under Siege and On Deadly Ground? Could you survive while Under Siege
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Om And The Legends Of The Frog Land: Cuckoo interviews Kamal Swaroop

Kamal Swaroop

D irector Kamal Swaroop, by answering a volley of questions by his associate Cuckoo, explains his film Om- Dar-Ba-Dar which has already been written about as an ‘entertaining’ and ‘eccentric’ film.

What does ‘Om- Dar-b-Dar’ signify?

I am door by door. Like a moon-frog in a well. Provincial as a TV set. Home on wheels. On a mass level, a train. Travel and rest at once- hold all.

What are the sounds on the titles?

Brass and band. Roadside rehearsal. In the end music.

And the image after?

Outside a travelling cinema. Women deciding to watch or not watch. In a hamlet, Jai Santoshi Maa.

What is before the titles?

Om and ice cream is the dessert, and petrol fumes. And an astrologer who said, “If you make ‘Om- Dar-b-Dar’, the image won’t come. No motor for you ever.” He had a big nose.

And inside the theatre?
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Steven Seagal’s Force of Execution Hits Home Video in Time for the Holidays

Nothing screams the holidays quite like Steven Seagal phoning in a performance. And while I’m not suggesting that’s the case with “Force of Execution,” the odds are definitely not on his side. Sorry, big guy. I’ve seen “Black Dawn,” “Out of Reach,” and “Out for a Kill” a little under a dozen times each. I know your game inside and out. Written by Richard Beattie and Michael Black and directed by Keoni Waxman, “Force of Execution” finds Seagal portraying a mob boss who eventually squares off against another gangster. At least he’s not playing a former military type who’s out to save the world this time around. That alone is worth a look, I suppose. Here’s how Anchor Bay describes the flick: Steven Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr. Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. But
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Get In on Reelz' Ho-Ho-Whole Week of Movies

Hopefully, the week between Christmas and New Year's is a nice mellow one, with plenty of free time to while away. Eating holiday leftovers is always fun, but you can inject some of those unstructured hours with a little excitement by tuning in to Reelz' Ho Ho Whole Week of Movies. From now through Friday, December 28th there will be movies playing all day on ReelzChannel. From the dramedy About Schmidt to the action of Steven Seagal's Out of Reach, this movie marathon has something to please just about everyone. ReelzChannel is Dish 299, DirecTV 238, and available on your cable system.

Check Out the Reelz TV Schedule to See What's Coming Up >>

Next Showing:

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Junot Díaz and Dave Eggers Among National Book Award Finalists

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Junot Díaz and Dave Eggers Among National Book Award Finalists
This morning, the National Book Award finalists were announced on Morning Joe. (Nice scooping, Jo-Scarbs.) For fiction we have: Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her; Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King; Louise Erdrich, The Round House; Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds. For nonfiction: Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956; Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity; Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4; Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas; Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.For young people's literature: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets; Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach; Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down; Eliot Schrefer, Endangered; Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. And last but not least,
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"Senna" Among the 2012 Cinema Eye Nominees

The Cinema Eye Honors revealed the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards honoring Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Winners will be announced on January 11. Here's the list of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:

"The Arbor," Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O.Riordan

"Senna," Directed by Asif Kapadia; Produced by James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

"Project Nim," Directed by James Marsh, Produced by Simon Chinn

"Position Among the Stars," Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, Produced by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

"Nostalgia for the Light," Directed by Patricio Guzmán, Produced by Renate Sachse

"The Interrupters," Directed by Steve James, Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:

Clio Barnard for "The Arbor"

Leonard Retel Helmrich for "Position Among the Stars"

Patricio Guzmán for "Nostalgia for the Light"

Steve James for "The Interrupters"

Danfung Dennis for "Hell and Back Again"

Outstanding Achievement in Production:

Erik Nelson
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Christian-Muslim Relationships, Ayrton Senna, Justin Bieber: 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light From the the remains of political prisoners buried in Chile's Atacama desert to Muslim-Christian relationships within a (very large) family in Indonesia: Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, Steve James’ The Interrupters, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light, Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars, James Marsh’s Project Nim and Asif Kapadia’s Senna are all in the running for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking at the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. It's the first time that six films are competing for the top Cinema Eye award. Seven documentaries received four nominations each, the highest number this year: Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer, Danfung DennisHell and Back Again, The Arbor, The Interrupters, Nostalgia for the Light, Position Among the Stars and Senna. In all, 33 films from 12 countries are vying for Cinema Eye awards in 11 categories. The five nominees for
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Steven Seagal's silliest roles

He's played everything from ex-cia agents to ex-Navy Seals. Here, we recall some of the pony-tailed slugger's most baffling moments

Did you know that Steven Seagal can speak fluent Japanese? He can. And that's not where the wavy-handed action star's accomplishments end. He's a musician with two albums on general release and a third, bluesy number on its way; a lawman who is a reserve deputy sheriff in Jefferson parish, Louisiana; and a businessman who markets a range of essential oils, and has even produced his own brand of aftershave and energy drink, the latter a pungent brew containing ginseng, guarana and Tibetan goji berries. He's even said to have taken time out from his busy schedule selling the neon-tinged liquid to write to the prime minister of India and demand better rights for cows.

But as unlikely as Seagal's real-life exploits sound, none come close to the cabal of
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners!

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners!
The Jury, Audience, Next! and other special award-winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at the Festival's Awards Ceremony hosted by Tim Blake Nelson (star of Flypaper which premiered in this year's Premieres section) in Park City, Utah. Highlights from the Awards Ceremony can be seen on the Festival website.

Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from four categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition and World Cinema Documentary Competition. All films in competition were also eligible for Sundance Film Festival Audience Awards as selected by Festival audiences. The U.S. Audience Awards presented by Acura were announced by Ray Liotta, and the World Cinema Audience Awards were announced by Joshua Leonard. Vera Farmiga announced the Best of Next! Audience Award.

Jury Prizes in Shorts Filmmaking were awarded to American and international short-form films on Tuesday, January 25. Other awards recognized at the
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Sundance Festival Awards Wrap

Mostly I've been just motoring along, not too sad about having missed Sundance this year until it occurred to me what a jump start it gave me on this current Oscar race -- not too mention my own rooting interests at the film bitch awards. Whoa unto us who cannot afford a week in the snowy Utah mountains. I'm dying to see Vera Farmiga's directorial debut but otherwise I have poured over precious few Sundance articles. There was too much Oscar noise this week to give it much thought. But here's what Sundance went for with a passion.

Vera Farmiga, Dr. Nner and America Ferrara (photo from Zimbio)

The Sundance 2011 Awards broke down like so...

Juried

Grand Prize Dramatic Like Crazy

Grand Prize Documentary How To Die in Oregon

World Cinema Dramatic Happy, Happy

World Cinema Documentary Hell and Back Again

Like CrazyThe big breakout of the festival was Like Crazy,
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards. Since they give out so many awards, the list is extremely long. We shound be playing catch up on the festival now that it is over and things are a little less chaotic. In the meantime here are the winners.

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival Juries consisted of:

U.S. Documentary Competition: Jeffrey Blitz, Matt Groening, Laura Poitras, Jess Search, Sloane Klevin U.S. Dramatic Competition: America Ferrera, Todd McCarthy, Tim Orr, Kimberly Peirce, Jason Reitman World Cinema Documentary Competition: José Padilha, Mette Hoffmann Meyer, Lucy Walker World Cinema Dramatic Competition: Susanne Bier, Bong Joon-Ho, Rajendra Roy Shorts Competition: Barry Jenkins, Kim Morgan, Sara Bernstein Alfred P. Sloan Award: Jon Amiel, Paula Apsell, Sean Carroll, Clark Gregg -

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners:

The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D.
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
Tonight the Sundance Institute announced the award winners for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and Circumstance won the dramatic audience award. You can find the full list of winners in the press release after the jump. 2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards Happy, Happy, Hell and Back Again, How to Die in Oregon and Like Crazy Earn Grand Jury Prizes Audience Favorites Include Buck, Circumstance, Kinyawaranda and Senna to.get.her Awarded Best of Next! Audience Award Park City, Ut–The Jury, Audience, Next! and other special award-winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by Tim Blake Nelson (star of Flypaper which premiered in this year’s Premieres section) in Park City, Utah. Highlights from the Awards Ceremony can be seen on the Festival website, www.sundance.org/festival. Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from four categories: U.
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

The Grand Jury Prize:Documentary was presented to How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D. Richardson. In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. How to Die in Oregon gently enters the lives of terminally ill Oregonians to illuminate the power of death with dignity.

The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus; written by Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones. A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis. Told through the eyes of one Marine from the start of his 2009 Afghanistan tour to his distressing return and rehabilitation in the U.
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Sundance Film Festival 2011 Winners

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival awards have been announced.

Drake DoremusLike Crazy and Peter D. Richardson‘s documentary How to Die in Oregon won the grand jury prizes for American films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony.

Jason Reitman presented the grand jury prize for U.S. dramatic film to Drake DoremusLike Crazy, one of the big sales of the fest . Doremus also wrote the script with Ben York Jones.

The movie starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence follows young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship.

Felicity Jones of Like Crazy also won a special jury award for acting. Producer Jonathan Schwartz and writer-director Drake Doremus accepted the award for the British actress, who was working in England.
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‘Like Crazy’ Leads 2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

Tim Blake Nelson hosted the awards ceremony tonight for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Taking the top prize was Drake DoremusLike Crazy, with Winter’s Bone winning grand jury prize (dramatic) last year. We weren’t too hot on the film, and surprised something great like Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene or Mike Nichols‘ Take Shelter didn’t grab it. You can check out the rest of the winners below and our complete Sundance 2011 coverage here.

Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:

Like Crazy

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary:

How To Die In Oregon

World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:

Happy, Happy

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:

Hell and Back Again

Dramatic Audience Award:

Circumstance

Documentary Audience Award:

Buck

World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award:

Kinyarwanda

World Cinema Documentary Audience Award:

Senna

The Best of Next Audience Award:

to.get.her

Directing Award, Dramatic:

Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin

Directing Award,
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Prizes In Short Filmmaking

Filmmakers from Australia, Poland, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada and the United States Celebrated for their Documentary and Narrative Work

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival this evening (January 25) announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by Sundance Alum Tim Blake Nelson on Saturday, January 29.

The 2011 Short Film jurors are Barry Jenkins (director, writer, Medicine for Melancholy); Kim Morgan (Film and Culture writer, Sunset Gun, The Hitlist) and Sara Bernstein (Vice president, HBO Documentary films; supervising producer, Baghdad ER, White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to Brick Novax pt 1 and 2 (Director and Screenwriter: Matt Piedmont). Penniless and now living in a seedy motel with only weeks to live,
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