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Typically what we do with our ongoing Fright At Home column, is showcase the top releases of whatever respective week that the column falls on. This time though, I thought it would be fun to spread the coverage to highlight some of our favorite releases to have been put out during the month of September, opening the coverage up to put the spotlight not only Every DVD and/or Bluray, but the ones that caught our eyes. Some of the year’s best genre films have hit home video this month, so it would be silly to leave some of them out just because they came out last week, so they’ve been included, with everything from this week’s releases of The Shallows and The Neon Demon to the month’s earlier releases like The Conjuring 2 and a trio of Stephen King adaptions. So if you’re looking »
- Jerry Smith
The Nice Guys, 2016.
Directed by Shane Black.
A private detective and an enforcer team up to infiltrate the porn industry in 1977 Los Angeles.
Mismatched buddy movies have been a constant staple of Hollywood since the year dot and Shane Black’s 1987 hit Lethal Weapon is still pretty much the benchmark to which all others adhere to, the stars in perfect alignment with regards to script, actors and direction. With The Nice Guys, Black returns to the sub-genre but this time the emphasis is on the comedy rather than the action, and where better to start than hiring two actors not exactly known for their comedy chops. That’s right; instead of ‘Mad’ Mel and straight man Danny Glover – admittedly another two actors that don’t immediately spring to mind »
“I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t write… no real talent. But I’m pretty, and I can make money off pretty.”
Amazon Studio’s The Neon Demon directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a sumptuous horror-thriller, set in the highly competitive and often vicious world of fashion modeling, where the term “eat their own” takes on a decidedly new meaning. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. The film is co-written by Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), Mary Laws (”Preacher”) and Polly Stenham; and stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent,Super 8), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt, Max Max: »
- Tom Stockman
Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Crimson Peak) has contributed two signed items, a copy of Pacific Rim and The Book of Life, to A Cause for Entertainment's auction to fight breast cancer. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Friday the 13th franchise enamel pins from Fright Rags, the list of short films at Fantastic Fest 2016, Dr. West: A Reanimated Parody sneak peek details, and info on the new poetry collection, As the Blade Cuts.
Guillermo del Toro-Signed Memorabilia at A Cause for Entertainment's Auction to Fight Breast Cancer: "Starting bid: $50.00
Oscar nominated Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro, known for his work on Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak, has generously donated a signed copy of his film Pacific Rim and his book “The Book of Life” to support the fight against breast cancer.
Auction starts: October 17th, 2016 12:00 am
Auction ends: November 6th, 2016 7:30 pm »
- Tamika Jones
Details on American Murder Song‘s third Ep, The Reckoning, kicks off today’s Horror Highlights. Also: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn joins the cast of Voyeur and a Daily Dead Q&A with Z Nation composer Jason Gallagher.
American Murder Song’s The Reckoning Details: Press Release: “1816, The Year Without A Summer, was an infamous year. A natural disaster blew its vengeance over the American northeast until every damn thing was froze, and the ground became death. Trapped indoors, Mary Shelly penned her classic novel Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, cult film composers Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’S Carnival franchise) are resurrecting that fateful year as the setting for a bitter new batch of murder ballads. Prepare thyself for American Murder Song’s third extended play album, III. The Reckoning.
On American Murder Song’s first Ep, I. Dawn, Terrance and Saar led listeners through »
- Tamika Jones
“Dark Night,” which premiered at Sundance in January, will screen at the Venice Intl. Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of six strangers intersecting at a suburban multiplex where a massacre occurs.
“Donnybrook,” the first novel from Frank Bill, follows two men as they try to get to the Donnybrook — a legendary backwoods bare knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000. Bill is the author of the short-story collection “Crimes in Southern Indiana.”
Sutton’s previous films include “Memphis” and “Pavilion.”
“I was knocked out when I read ‘Donnybrook,’ the most raw, out of control, nasty piece of business I have ever come across,” said Rumble Films topper David Lancaster. “It fits perfectly within the signature films that Tim has made culminating with the powerful ‘Dark Night. »
- Dave McNary
In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether or not it made money) compilation of the highlights and lowlights of the 2016 summer movie season. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or call out your own favorites and duds.
Winner: The way to get animated Twenty-one years ago, the launch of Pixar didn’t just herald the age of digital animation. It kicked off a renaissance in mainstream animated filmmaking that, miraculously, has only grown. Nearly all of these films are products for children, yet it’s an exhilarating paradox that the best of them are defined by what we »
- Owen Gleiberman
Tired of rapping with Michelle Obama and showing off to Adele, sycophantic churner of chat James Corden is back in London and kindly picking up his mate from Waterloo. Fresh from having flogged the Late Late Show’s carpool karaoke slot to international broadcasters, he’s now shifting car insurance. Presumably that’s how he got his hands on this ad’s real star: a classic Mercedes-Benz W108.
Visually, the mood is very Drive – Corden is even introduced as “The Driver” and is wearing something akin to that jacket. But he’s no Ryan Gosling – whom we can’t imagine celebrating this much at hitting a few green lights. Corden’s delight is ignored by his passenger, who shushes him while he speaks on the phone. »
- Grace Rahman
Bold Films is also financing. No directors or actors are yet attached.
The producers have brought on Jeff Buhler, whose credits include the recently wrapped “Jacob’s Ladder” remake, a rewrite of Paramount’s “Pet Sematary” and “The Midnight Meat Train,” to write the script. Misha Green (“Sunflower”) wrote the previous drafts.
The story centers on a recently engaged woman who becomes determined to find her birth family before she marries. But when she meets her unusual kin in the deep woods of Florida, she begins reliving horrifying suppressed memories that lead her to believe her newfound relatives may be hiding some dark secrets.
Rodriguez has been an active director, screenwriter and producer for more than two decades, »
- Dave McNary
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is definitely more style than substance, but that’s hardly a problem when the style is just so good. A lot of that style comes from Ryan Gosling’s instantly iconic scorpion jacket, but the film’s retro-ish soundtrack handles a lot of the heavy lifting all on its own. Now, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the film’s release, Lakeshore Records and Geoff Barrow’s Invada will be releasing a limited edition version of the Drive soundtrack on vinyl. The reissue will feature appropriately stylish new artwork as well as new linter notes by Refn and Cliff Martinez, the film’s composer. According to Fact Magazine, it’ll only be available from September 30 to December 31, so make sure to jump on it if you’re eager to listen to A Real Hero again—and really, who isn’t?
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- Sam Barsanti
Without a doubt, one of the best scores and soundtracks of the last decade is from Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive.” Regarded by many as Refn’s finest work, the neo-noir film was a moderate hit at the box office but has gained a cult fan base, due in part to the terrific music in the movie. […]
- Charles Dean
Chicago – Using Chicago as a backdrop has rarely been as kinetic and exciting as under the direction of Marie Ullrich. Expanding upon a short film she produced in 2010 called “Faster,” about a bike messenger in the Windy City, Ullrich went for a grittier and more emotional look at that world in “The Alley Cat” in 2014. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 16th, 2016.
“The Alley Cat” evolves the story of Jasper (Jenny Strubin), the protagonist in the previous short film “Faster.” In “The Alley Cat,” Jasper is participating in a nighttime bike race/rally through Chicago, with her bike messenger colleagues. At the same time she is having family issues, including a relationship confrontation with her sister. Everything is coming to a resolution on race night, as fast as a lightweight bike on flat pavement. The film uses the available light of the streets, and is told »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When watching Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” the ethereal electronic-pop score enhances the abstract neo-noir crime thriller and adds a new level of suspense and perspective to the film. Created by Cliff Martinez, known for his work on “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and most recently “The Neon Demon,” the composer worked closely with the helmer to create a soundtrack unlike any other, developing haunting and ambient music that, in a way, becomes its own character.
To celebrate the film’s fifth anniversary, Invada and Lake Shore Records are rereleasing “Drive’s” majestic soundtrack as a special edition vinyl that will be made available this fall.
The 2011 film, starring Ryan Gosling, was critically acclaimed and praised for its score. The soundtrack was even listed on Spin magazine’s list of “40 Movie Soundtracks That Changed Alternative Music. »
- Liz Calvario
Hitting the home entertainment markets in a couple of weeks is the thrilling adaptation of John le Carré’s Our Kind Of Traitor. To coincide with the release, we have an exclusive interview with the film’s director Susanna White to share where she talks about her experiences working on the film.
Whilst holidaying in Marrakech, ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor – Trainspotting) and Gail (Naomie Harris – Spectre), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. Lured into a Russian mobsters plans to defect, the couple soon find themselves thrust between the Russian Mafia and British Secret Service agent Hector (Damian Lewis – Homeland), neither of whom they can trust.
- Paul Heath
“Grease: Live” producer Marc Platt has set a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
The deal calls for the veteran film and stage producer to develop live-action events and scripted projects for the studio. Platt is coming off the success of “Grease: Live,” the live musical that aired on Fox in January.
“Marc Platt is a powerhouse producer with an unparalleled track record of identifying and overseeing spectacular artists and marrying them with incredibly commercial ideas and properties,” said Fox Television Group chairmen-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “ ‘Grease: Live’ brought together some of the most inspired people from the worlds of theater, live events and television production, and Marc was quite literally the guiding hand of the show.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Following the international success of Luther and The Night Manager, the BBC and BBC Worldwide are continuing their run of hard-hitting drama with global appeal by setting James Norton (War & Peace) as the lead actor in the upcoming McMafia. The story is inspired by the novel, written by Misha Glenny, and presents a globetrotting tale that charts the far-reaching ramifications of criminality.
Created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black, Bastille Day), McMafia will follow British man Alex Godman (Norton), whose parents have a history of involvement with the Russian mafia. His new, legitimate lifestyle is threatened by that past, however, and he is forced to confront those criminal elements in order to save those he loves. The story is designed to examine the relationship between the corporate and the criminal, and how that relationship has changed as a result of globalization.
The development of McMafia »
- Sarah Myles
Happy Valley star will lead the eight-part series about organised crime in London.
Inspired by Misha Glenny’s bestselling book of the same name, McMafia will centre on a Russian family in London and will provide a look at the far-reaching influence of global crime. The writing team is led by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini and director Watkins.
Norton will play the lead role of Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. When his family’s murderous history returns to threaten him and his girlfriend, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.
The series is exec produced by Amini and Watkins along Misha »
Busy British actor James Norton has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming epic event series, McMafia. Inspired by Misha Glenny's bestselling book, the hard-hitting look at global crime and its far reaching influence is created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black). Deadline previously revealed that the BBC had greenlit the series; Watkins has now confirmed he will direct all eight episodes. The fast-paced thriller is billed as epic and… »
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
- Movie Geeks
E.L. Katz, who broke out in a big way with his excellent thriller Cheap Thrills, is now in production on Small Crimes, written by Katz and Macon Blair (Green Room, Blue Ruin), and being produced by, get this, David Lancaster (Drive, Nightcrawler, Whiplash). Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Stoker, Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) along […] »
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