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‘The Saurus’ is a Verbose, Erudite, Jocular Film About Disappointment

Short of the DayOne man’s letter of complaint is today’s side-splitting short film selection.

As the description of The Saurus tells us, this short film is the story of “a man with a robust vocabulary” who “must write a scornful letter to an old friend.” What the description doesn’t tell us, but we learn in the film’s opening moments, is that the old friend in question is Rexall Brand Anal Ointment, and the scorn derives from a dissatisfaction with the product’s effects. What follows is an uproarious seven-minute soliloquy of loyalty and disappointment, heartbreak and uncomfortable itching.

The Saurus comes from the mind of writer-director Drew Maynard, a Nashville-based filmmaker, and was selected for showcase by a score of film festivals over the last year, including this year’s SXSW in Austin and last year’s Nashville Film Festival, where it won the Tennessee Horizon Audience Award. Aaron
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The underappreciated films of Jesse Eisenberg

To salute the incoming arrival of American Ultra, we salute some underrated treats from Jesse Eisenberg's back catalogue...

When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.

But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Motel Life’ Interview with Directors Alan & Gabe Polsky

In The Motel Life, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play two brothers, Frank and Jerry, who are living a lonesome country tune’s tale, with specific accents on their bad luck. When Jerry becomes involved in a hit-and-run accident, the two flee their Reno motel for some type of other home, continuing their existence as whiskey-drinking, fantasy-drawing vagabonds. Dakota Fanning stars as Hirsch’s fixation, Annie James, and Kris Kristofferson appears for a few scenes as their working-class daddy figure Earl Hurley. The Motel Life is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.

Featuring two raggedy performances from the nicely paired Dorff and Hirsch, The Motel Life is a drama that functions well with its influences, namely the Coen Brothers’ romanticism of cold, bad luck, and bits of Paul Thomas Anderson’s own debut Hard Eight.

The Polsky Brothers made their break into the business with their producing work on
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2 New Images of Emily Blunt & Colin Firth in Arthur Newman

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Starring the excellent Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in the leads, Arthur Newman will be making its world premiere at Tiff next week, and given the cast, there’s naturally some significant anticipation surrounding it.

With its premiere only a few days away, we’ve now got two new images of Blunt and Firth to share, both looking as brilliant as ever; a rising young star and a class act.

“We are all actors in one sense or another. Who among us hasn’t at some point longed to become someone else? Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) knows that longing all too well. Divorced, dissatisfied, with a young son (Sterling Beaumon) who resents him so badly that he won’t even talk to him, and a new girlfriend (Anne Heche) already tiring of his anomie and inattentiveness, Wallace feels he’s got nothing worth hanging onto. So he takes a step that many dream of,
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The DVD Artwork For Joe Raffa's 'Six Degrees of Hell' Features A Montage Of Creeps

The artwork for Joe Raffa's much talked about horror flick, Six Degrees of Hell has finally been unveiled along with a nice little press release spilling forth all of those lovely details that we've been craving for the October 30th DVD release of the film. Read on for more. Domestic distributor Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, The Fields, The Living Wake) has snapped up the indie horror film 6 Degrees of Hell for North America. The deal w…
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Picture if You Will the DVD Art for Six Degrees of Hell

The DVD artwork is here for the much talked about indie horror flick from Joe Raffa, 6 Degrees of Hell, and unfortunately it's traded in the cool stylish poster art the film once had for your substandard cookie-cutter direct-to-video Lionsgate-like fodder.

From the Press Release

Domestic distributor Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, The Fields, The Living Wake) has snapped up the indie horror film 6 Degrees of Hell for North America. The deal was struck last week between CEO Rich Wolff and Fabrication Films Svp Miriam Elchanan, a follow-up to the successful release of The Fields earlier this year. Directed by Joe Raffa (local hit You’ll Know My Name), the film stars Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Jill Whelan (“The Love Boat”), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Faust Checho (The Fields), newcomers Nikki Bell, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, and David J. Bonner, and Raffa himself.

In Northeast Pennsylvania,
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Release Details and New Trailer for 6 Degrees of Hell

Readers who keep up with our Indie Spotlight will recognize 6 Degrees of Hell from past features. It has just been announced that the film was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures for release this October:

Philadelphia, Pa (July 26, 2012)–Domestic distributor Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, The Fields, The Living Wake) has snapped up the indie horror film 6 Degrees of Hell for North America. The deal was struck last week between CEO Rich Wolff and Fabrication Films Svp Miriam Elchanan, a follow-up to the successful release of The Fields earlier this year. Directed by Joe Raffa (local hit You’ll Know My Name), the film stars Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Jill Whelan (“The Love Boat”), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Faust Checho (The Fields), newcomers Nikki Bell, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, David J. Bonner and Raffa himself.

In Northeast Pennsylvania, “Uncle Jack’s Hotel of Horror” is
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'Six Degrees Of Hell' Release Date Announced, Brand New Trailer Also Revealed

If your one of the many fans that's been waiting patiently for the release of Joe Raffa's indie flick 6 Degrees of Hell, we've got a bit of good news to share with all of you hungry bastards regarding the film, as well as the brand new trailer. Read on for all of the details below. Domestic distributor Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, The Fields, The Living Wake) has snapped up the indie horror film 6 Degrees of Hell for North America. The…
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6 Degrees of Hell Nails Distro; New Trailer

We have good news for those looking forward to the indie flick 6 Degrees of Hell: The film has gotten itself some U.S. distro, and in celebration of the glorious news, we also have a new trailer to share with you sickos. Dig it!

From the Press Release

Domestic distributor Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, The Fields, The Living Wake) has snapped up the indie horror film 6 Degrees of Hell for North America. The deal was struck last week between CEO Rich Wolff and Fabrication Films Svp Miriam Elchanan, a follow-up to the successful release of The Fields earlier this year. Directed by Joe Raffa (local hit You’ll Know My Name), the film stars Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Jill Whelan (“The Love Boat”), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Faust Checho (The Fields), newcomers Nikki Bell, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, and David J. Bonner, and Raffa himself.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with our latest Indie Spotlight. This weekend’s coverage includes The Fields‘ Blu-ray/DVD release, a zombie-killing gorilla with a baseball bat, paranormal investigators, and much more…

The Fields Blu-ray/DVD Release: Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman’s (Fox’s “Raising Hope”) thriller The Fields is coming to Blu-Ray (Srp $29.99) and DVD (Srp 24.99) from Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake). Written by Harrison Smith (Six Degrees of Hell) and directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (cult favorite The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Sundance hit Robot and Frank).

Based on actual events, The Fields follows a young boy named Steven during the summer of 1973. Steven (Ormond) is sent to live in the Pennsylvania countryside with his grandparents while his mother (Reid) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Leachman
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The Fields Finally Gets a Release Date

We've been talking about the indie flick The Fields for years now. Literally years. There's no doubt the road has been long, but the flick is finally hitting home video and we've got the details.

From the Press Release

Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman’s (Fox’s “Raising Hope”) thriller The Fields is coming to Blu-ray (Srp $29.99) and DVD (Srp $24.99) from Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake). Written by Harrison Smith (Six Degrees of Hell) and directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (cult favorite The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Sundance hit Robot and Frank).

Based on actual events, The Fields follows a young boy named Steven during the summer of 1973. Steven (Ormond) is sent to live in the Pennsylvania countryside with his grandparents while his mother (Reid) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles.
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Director Todd Phillips Re-Signs with Warner Bros. for Four More Films

Director Todd Phillips has brought in some big money ($1.2 billion worldwide) for Warner Bros., so it's no surprise they have re-upped his contract. Deadline reports that he's been resigned to a new first-look deal through the end of 2013. Phillips' Green Hat Films has been based at the studio since 2005, after he directed the 2004 comedy Starsky & Hutch.

He is currently working on the third installment of The Hangover, and has four other projects in development. Here is what Green Hat is currently developing:

* An adaptation of the Tony D’Souza novel Mule, about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession. Green Hat’s Phillips and Scott Budnick are producing with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment. They are out to writers.

*Arms and the Dudes, based on a Guy Lawson Rolling Stone article that chronicled the unlikely rise of two
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The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips Now Attached to Four Projects at Warner Bros.

Long before Todd Phillips found success in two Hangover movies, the director helmed Old School, Road Trip, and the PG-13 adaptation of Starsky and Hutch. But it was the Hangover movies that put Phillips on the comedic map and gave Warner Bros. an ample amount of box office revenue. While Phillips and his team prepares for The Hangover Part III and the promotional tour for Project X, Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is extending its deal with the director’s Green Hat Films through 2013 and revealed the company’s upcoming projects:

Mule – a movie about a young couple’s desperate turn to drug trafficking in order to make ends meet.

Arms and the Dudes – a movie about two drug addicts who discover their success in arms dealing but hit rock bottom when the government raids their compound.

The Island – Details on this movie are being kept under wraps. Due Date
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Todd Phillips Sets Up Four Projects at Warner Bros.

Todd Phillips Sets Up Four Projects at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures has extended its first-look deal with writer/director/producer Todd Phillips' Green Hat Films through the end of 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeffrey Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Office of the President.

Phillips, who most recently directed, wrote, and produced the studio's record-breaking 2011 hit comedy The Hangover Part II, has been based at Warner Bros. since 2005.

"Todd's been a cherished member of the Warner family for a long time, and the comedic genius he's brought to the big screen has made for an extraordinarily successful partnership," said Robinov. "We're excited to extend our relationship and eagerly anticipate more great movies from Todd and Green Hat."

"I'm really excited to renew my partnership with Jeffrey Robinov and everyone at Warner Bros.," said Phillips. "I am so grateful that they will continue to provide me with a platform to satisfy my endless hunger for revenge and schadenfreude.
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Tara Reid And Cloris Leachman's 'The Fields' Gets Picked Up For Distribution

Tara Reid And Cloris Leachman's 'The Fields' Gets Picked Up For Distribution
I did not like The Fields. If you're doubting this you can check out my review. But someone liked it, as it has been picked up for distribution just in time to capitalize on Tara Reid's appearance inAmerican Reunion. I hope that's not the only thing they're banking on to sell the movie. Per the press release,"The award-winning and critically praised Cloris Leachman thriller The Fields has announced a big April 2012 release. Domestic distributor Breaking Glass (Five Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake) aggressively snapped up the indie thriller for domestic rights. Directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Scout Masters). It debuted to a strong reception and awards on the festival circuit as well as high critical praise...
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Distribution Found in The Fields

Man, if feels as if we've been talking about the indie horror flick The Fields like forever. It's been a couple of years at least, that's for sure. In any event, the little flick has scored itself some distro. Read on for the skinny!

The award-winning and critically praised Cloris Leachman thriller The Fields has announced a big April 2012 release. Domestic distributor Breaking Glass (Five Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake) aggressively snapped up the indie thriller for domestic rights. Directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid (American Reunion) and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Scout Masters). It debuted to a strong reception and awards on the festival circuit as well as high critical praise. Writer and producer Harrison Smith went on to write and produce the upcoming Corey Feldman horror Six Degrees of Hell.

For more check out the official The Fields
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Watch Director Sol Tryon’s The Living Wake. For Free. Right Now.

Considering I’m a sucker for quirky American comedies, it’s no surprise that Sol Tryon’s immensely enjoyable indie feature “The Living Wake” was one of my favorite discoveries from 2010. Although the film was made way back in 2007, it didn’t arrive on DVD here in the States until last August. Fortunately for those of you who missed it, Hulu is currently hosting the flick for absolute free. To make matters even sweeter, I’ve carefully embedded this hilarious little number below in order to prevent you from having to click the mouse a few more times. How incredibly kind and considerate is that? You can thank me later. Oh, and did I mention that 2011 Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg has a sizable role in the movie? If that doesn’t convince you to check it out, then I honestly don’t know what will. Perhaps my glowing review can help persuade you,
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2010 In Review: Charles' Take [Updated]

You might have noticed some of my illustrious, talented, and all-around terrific colleagues have set about ticking off their 2010 lists. Never one to miss a chance to throw out an unsolicited (although hopefully compelling) opinion, I thought I might weigh in. This isn't so much a best-of list, as much as a reflection on the last year and some of the films which stuck out for various, particular reasons for me.I think many of the other reviewers on the site have the same lament I've been carrying for  the last couple of weeks: 2010 had so many movies and there was so little time to see them all. As of this writing, I still haven't had the opportunity to check out True Grit, Catfish, or give Black Swan the due diligence of a second viewing (if you held a gun to my head for an instant opinion, I'd say it was mostly excellent,
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The Living Wake (2007) Movie Review

Writer/director Sol Tryon’s oddly endearing dark comedy “The Living Wake” is probably best described as a demented storybook come strangely to life. The entire film takes place in a timeless alternate universe, a world that’s often devoid of logic, reasoning, and basic common sense. This is, of course, the perfect setting for the peculiar tale that follows, one that will require a bit of patience from its prospective audience. Considering the film’s only bankable star is Jesse Eisenberg, I seriously doubt the film will strike a chord with those who ultimately seek it out. Although I’m sure Eisenberg’s fans will flock to the picture in hopes of procuring something similar to his recent body of work, the picture may be a bit too strange and hopelessly quirky for them to thoroughly enjoy. That’s no slight against Eisenberg or his fanbase. In fact, towards the beginning of the feature,
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Living Wake, The | Review

Director: Sol Tryon Writer: Peter Kline, Mike O'Connell Starring: Mike O’Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell) is a flamboyant, arrogant and eccentric drunk whose incessant pontifications – made in an exaggeratedly aristocratic accent – are scribbled down verbatim by his loyal best friend, authorized biographer, and rickshaw-cum-pedicab chauffeur, Mills (Jesse Eisenberg). (Mills is also a poet extraordinaire.) The Living Wake opens with a Cliff Notes montage of K. Roth’s life of failure which wraps up with the life-changing declaration by his doctor that K. Roth is dying of a nameless disease. That’s right kids – K. Roth is dying prematurely, foolishly and namelessly. The narrative itself commences in the morning of the very day that K. Roth’s life is set to expire (at 7:30pm). K. Roth and Mills scuttle across town on their makeshift rickshaw-cum-pedicab arranging the last-minute preparations for K. Roth’s death,
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