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New to Streaming: ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ Pedro Almodóvar, ‘Train to Busan,’ ‘The Bfg,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Always Shine (Sophia Takal)

With the excess of low-budget, retreat-in-the-woods dramas often finding characters hashing out their insecurities through a meta-narrative, a certain initial resistance can occur when presented with such a derivative scenario at virtually every film festival. While Sophia Takal‘s psychological drama Always Shine ultimately stumbles, the chemistry of its leads and a sense of foreboding dread in its formal execution ensures its heightened view of
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Film Review: ‘Frank and Cindy’

Film Review: ‘Frank and Cindy’
A semi-pseudo-documentary based on a real one, “Frank and Cindy” never quite acquires a convincing raison d’etre despite impressive work from Rene Russo and Oliver Platt as dramatized versions of the real-life dysfunctional parents that writer-director G.J. Echternkamp already portrayed in his same-named 2007 feature documentary. Both films have the “Grey Gardens”-like trainwreck fascination of outsized personalities conducting their own ruin with delusions of grandeur still fully intact, but the narrative spine that might have given this version an arc and a purpose fails to materialize. The result is likely to struggle for theatrical berth, though cast names should make it viable as a home-format item.

During a term break from film school, Gj (Johnny Simmons) reluctantly returns home, where mom Cindy (Russo) greets him with: “Are you ready for the shock of your life? … I quit drinking!” That is a surprise, but she’s hiding a considerably less
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Exclusive Interview: Scoot McNairy Talks Our Brand Is Crisis

He made his breakthrough in the romantic comedy In Search of a Midnight Kiss and has since gone to give memorable performances in Monsters, Killing Them Softly, Argo, 12 Years a Slave and Gone Girl. Now, Scoot McNairy gets to be part of a great cast of actors which includes Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton and Anthony Mackie in the comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis.

A fictionalized account of the American campaign political strategies that were used in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, the movie co-stars McNairy as Buckley, the hot-shot advertising expert who is assigned to handle print ads and campaign spots for the seemingly unelectable Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida). Despite the fact that this is his first time ever on a political campaign, Buckley believes he can sell anybody anything they want. But while he thinks he has all the answers, it doesn’t take us long to see that he in fact does not.
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Round-Up: The Haunted Mask-Inspired Apparel, Ejecta Blu-ray, The Last Survivors Trailer, Clowntown Images

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps novels have been terrifying children since 1992, and inspired Cavity Colors to create apparel based on the 11th book in the series, The Haunted Mask. Also: Ejecta Blu-ray details, The Last Survivors trailer, and Clowntown photos.

Cavity Colors's The Killer Mask: R.L. Stine's The Haunted Mask tells the story of a girl who discovers that the Halloween mask she purchased has become permanently attached to her face.

The Killer Mask collection of apparel was designed by artists Coki Greenway and Aaron Crawford. With a retail price of $24.00 apiece, The Killer Mask T-Shirt and Tank Top are black in color and 100% Cotton. The limited edition print is priced at $40.00, and the stickers / buttons are priced at $10.00 for a pack of two.

For more information on this apparel, visit the Cavity Colors online shop.

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Ejecta: Press Release: "From the writer of Pontypool and Septic Man comes Ejecta,
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Round-Up: Shout! Factory TV’s Summer of Fear, Cthulhu Idol Vinyl Bank, The Last Survivors Blu-ray / DVD

Shout! Factory TV is spreading fear all summer long with a plethora of classic films including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper's Body Bags. Also: a Cthulhu Vinyl Bank from Diamond Select Toys and Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Last Survivors.

Shout! Factory TV's Summer of Fear: Press Release: "This July, summer hats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings. Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more.

Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney,
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The Story Behind Two Sundance Success Stories: 'Short Term 12' and 'Land Ho!'

The Story Behind Two Sundance Success Stories: 'Short Term 12' and 'Land Ho!'
"Just make a movie." That was "Short Term 12" producer Asher Goldstein’s advice for first-time filmmakers at the production case studies panel at the Film Independent Forum in October: Just make it, "not to make a ton of money—or make your money back, even—just making a movie, just to make it, to prove that you can." Read More: What I Wish I Knew About Film Distribution Before Self-Distributing "I Am Not a Hipster" Goldstein, his producing partner Ron Najor and "Land Ho!" writer-director Aaron Katz were on the panel discussing their films' paths to the big screen. Moderating the panel was Seth Caplan, producer of "The Young Kieslowski," which premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Award winner "In Search of a Midnight Kiss," which he discussed on this same panel at a past Forum. "I was in one of your guys’ seats a few years ago,
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The Orchard Buys Love Story ‘Meet Me in Montenegro’ Featuring ‘Homeland's Rupert Friend

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The Orchard Buys Love Story ‘Meet Me in Montenegro’ Featuring ‘Homeland's Rupert Friend
Film and TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Meet Me in Montenegro,” which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in theaters next year. Real-life couple Alex Holdridge (“In Search of a Midnight Kiss”) co-directed the love story with Linnea Saasen, and the duo also star alongside Rupert Friend (“Homeland”) and Jennifer Ulrich. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Star Rupert Friend in Talks to Replace Paul Walker in ‘Agent 47' (Exclusive) Art imitates life in “Meet Me in Montenegro,” as it is closely tied to Holdridge and Saasen's real-life relationship. The film centers around L.
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Five Questions with Before We Go Director Chris Evans

Making his directorial debut with a nighttime two-hander, Before We Go, actor Chris Evans has gravitated to dramatic material far removed from the effects-driven world saving of his Captain America movies. Starring alongside Alice Eve, Evans puts his own spin on the “one night” film, a sub-genre that has been explored over the years in pictures ranging from Before Sunrise to Into the Night to In Search of a Midnight Kiss. Here, Evans tells us what he tried to do differently and what’s unique about Gotham at night. Before We Go premieres this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. […]
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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series

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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen said: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, said that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.”

He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series

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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen says: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, adds that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.” He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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BlackBoxTV and Ketchum Labs Create More Horror Online!

Production company Ketchum Labs, a creative incubator challenging conventional entertainment models of production and distribution, and BlackBoxTV, the #1 online genre channel with over 600,000 loyal fans, will launch a strategic production and distribution partnership.

From the Press Release

The first two projects to go into production are Fight Of The Living Dead, a hybrid-reality series set to shoot in Los Angeles in May and the feature film Villisca, which unravels the mystery surrounding one of the most haunted houses in America.

Ketchum co-founder and principal Kevin Abrams and BlackBoxTV founder and creator Tony Valenzuela made the announcement.

A competition series with horror overtones, Fight Of The Living Dead (Fotld) is an unprecedented mash-up of the reality and scripted genres. The show will follow six top YouTube stars as they attempt to survive the first 24 hours of a highly simulated Zombie Apocalypse. What they do to eliminate each other from the competition
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'All Hail the King': First Video of Ben Kingsley's Marvel One-Shot -- Exclusive

'All Hail the King': First Video of Ben Kingsley's Marvel One-Shot -- Exclusive
You nevurrrr sawwww thissss commmmming…

Unless, that is, you saw our recent First Look at Ben Kingsley’s encore as The Mandarin. In any case, EW has even more on Marvel Studio’s new One-Shot short film All Hail the King — a clip from the opening of the 14-minute film.

In this prologue, a documentarian played by Scoot McNairy (best known for Argo and In Search of a Midnight Kiss) narrates his quest to understand the history of the man who, in Iron Man 3, captivated the world’s attention as a fearsome terrorist, who amalgamated the forms of various menacing figures from history.
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ICM Partners Signs SXSW Helmer Jacob Vaughan

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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Jacob Vaughan, whose directorial debut Milo played at SXSW. The agency repped the flm and brokered a distribution deal with Magnolia genre division Magnet, and now the agency has brought the writer-director into the percentery fold. Vaughan is a longtime collaborator of Mark and Jay Duplass, who are among the producers of the film, along with Adele Romansk, Gabriel Cowan and John Suits. The Duplass duo were exec producers along with John Norris, Kerry Johnson, Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller and Floren Shieh ProductionsClay Floren and Aimee Shieh. Vaughan edited the Katie Aselton-helmed horror-thriller Black Rock, as well as Jeff, Who Lives At Home and Cyrus. He produced and edited Dear Pillow and In Search Of A Midnight Kiss.
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Magnolia Insert Jacob Vaughan’s “Milo” into Schedule; SXSW Fave Gets Adopted Early

Among the 2013 SXSW Film Festival highlights (it played like gangbusters at its world premiere screening at the Alamo Ritz), Deadline reports that the horror comedy from first-time helmer and Duplass bros. film editor Jacob Vaughan scored a deal with Magnolia Pictures. Look for Milo to tour the Fantastic Film Alliance circuit with possible stops in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and perhaps Sitges before settling down for a theatrical/VOD release.

Gist: Co-written by Vaughan and Benjamin Hayes, this ode to Gremlins, E.T. and a slew of bodily functions B-type comedies, this features the believable Ken Marino, as a desk job/hubby who discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon.

Worth Noting: For the past decade, Vaughan has been hard at work in American indie film scene – he produced, shot, and edited the Independent Spirit Award nominated Dear Pillow,
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2013 Sundance Film Festival: Alex Holdridge’s Meet Me In Montenegro

The timing might be just right for John Cassavetes Award for The Best Independent Film of 2009 winner Alex Holdridge to break into Sundance. I imagine he tried with his previous three features, Wrong Numbers (2001), Sexless (2003), and the SXSW selected In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008), but his latest, Meet Me In Montenegro appears to be a better fit. Teamed with his dp Robert Murphy, this was filmed in Berlin, Los Angeles and the titular Montenegro and stars Rupert Friend and Deborah Ann Woll (pictured above on set).

Gist: Linnea Saasen’s screenplay sees a failed European dancer who has a chance meeting in Berlin and starts an affair despite the fact that they are moving to opposite ends of the earth. Rupert Friend plays the writer’s best friend who is in a fading relationship and toys with the idea of taking his girlfriend – played by Jennifer Ulrich (The Wave) – to a sex club.
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Nobody thought we’re making a feature film with such a small camera: Kenny Basumatary, Director, Local Kung Fu

Nobody thought we’re making a feature film with such a small camera: Kenny Basumatary, Director, Local Kung Fu
Kenny Basumatary

Kenny Basumatary started dreaming of making his own films since he was in Std. XI. A fan of martial arts films, his dream materialized in his ultra low budget film “Local Kung Fu”,. The film will premiere this Saturday at the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival in New Delhi.

What made you think of creating Local Kung Fu (Lkf)? What’s the genesis?

I’ve wanted to work in films since around class VI. After about two-three years of acting and writing in Mumbai, I realized that no one was going to just give me a bunch of money to go and make a film – not that I went around asking – and my dad didn’t have crores of rupees stashed away in a secret chamber in his house. Around this time, I also saw quite a few ultra low budget films that went on to win a
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Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan Will Say 'The F Word'

Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan Will Say 'The F Word'
Good projects never really die, but sometimes it takes a bit of time for the right set of circumstances to come along to make them happen. Back in 2010, "The F Word" was gearing up with backing from Fox Searchlight, with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss" director Alex Holdridge at the helm, Casey Affleck attached to star, and Rose Byrne, Rebecca Hall, Deborah Ann Woll and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all vying for the female lead. The project ultimately never came together, but it has found new life with two very able actors. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan have joined the picture that has now moved out of Fox Searchlight and is set up at Entertainment One which has the worldwide rights to the film. Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Goon") now takes the director's chair. Based on the play "Cigars and Toothpaste" by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi,
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'Killing Them Softly' Star Scoot McNairy & Ruth Negga Join Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

Scoot McNairy is on a hell of a run at the moment. The star of "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss" finally turned heads in a big way with Gareth Edwards' 2010 low-budget spectacular "Monsters," and ever since then he's been the toast of the town: he met for roles in "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," but ended up going down more grounded routes, with parts in Ben Affleck's "Argo"; in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" with Matt Damon; in Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely"; and in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," for which McNairy earned rave reviews at Cannes this morning (read ours right here).

And clearly, he impressed his co-star in that film, Brad Pitt. The megastar is gearing up to produce and play a supporting role in "Twelve Years A Slave," directed by "Shame" helmer Steve McQueen, and according to Variety, he's bringing along McNairy,
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Alex Holdridge: “I’LL Never Go To Los Angeles Again”

I fell in love with Alex Holdridge’s gorgeous, smart black-and-white La-set romantic comedy In Search of a Midnight Kiss when I saw it on the film festival circuit in 2007, and later interviewed Holdridge for Filmmaker when Kiss was released theatrically in 2008.

In the intervening years, Holdridge and I were in occasional contact, and through Facebook I was aware that he had left L.A. and decamped to Berlin. But little more than that.

When I read earlier this spring that he was in postproduction on his follow-up feature, Meet Me in Montenegro – a film co-written by and co-starring Holdridge himself and the Norwegian newcomer Linnea Saasen – I dropped him a line to find out more about the film and its genesis.

The following conversation is a composite of our back and forth over email and Skype.

Filmmaker: So, tell me about the new film.

Holdridge: It’s inspired by an exodus from Los Angeles,
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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actors We're Tipping For Stardom In The Future

Last week, we took a look at the relative dearth of leading men in Hollywood: why Tom Cruise, Will Smith, et al. remain at the top of the tree and why so few serious competitors have emerged since. But one of the most exciting things about our job is getting to watch the new names that emerge, breakouts who have the potential to join the A-listers, or at the very least, deliver a host of hugely exciting performances for decades to come.

So we've decided to kick off our On The Rise selection for 2012 by looking at some of the actors who we're tipping for big things in the next few years. Last time we made these kinds of picks and predictions we did pretty well, listing the likes of Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Jake Johnson and David Oyelowo who have all gone on to become much-sought-after names,
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