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Rising indie distributor A24 harbors high awards hopes for Lenny Abrahamson's intense prison escape drama "Room," and so they took the film to world premiere at Telluride, where it popped with audiences and critics, and then to Toronto, where it took home the coveted audience award, which often presages a strong Oscar contender. It's holding its own at the box office with $3 million in the till so far. The film's rising star, Brie Larson, has landed both Gotham and Indie Spirit nominations, with more kudos sure to follow. Read More: 'Room' Wins Toronto's Audience Award, Oscar Bellwether Finally, with "Room" (October 16) Larson, who was so fine as a conflicted social worker in "Short Term 12," after supporting roles in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "The United States of Tara," "The Spectacular Now," "21 Jump Street," and "Don Jon," gets a role worthy of her abilities (unlike »
- Anne Thompson
Brie Larson was the latest star to take on one of Jimmy Fallon‘s increasingly creative games on Thursday’s “Tonight Show.” “The Room” and “United States of Tara” actress played a round of The Whisper Challenge with the late-night host, which involves contestants wearing noise-canceling headphones that blast loud music while trying to guess what their competitor is reading aloud from a card. The key to the game is having stellar lip-reading skills, which Larson stumbled with at first by translating “The Pursuit of Happiness” as “The Bears are Juicing It” and “Parachute of Love.” Also Read: Fallon, Colbert, »
- Debbie Emery
Telluride, Colo. — After debuting at the Telluride Film Festival two weeks ago and scooping the Toronto Film Festival’s coveted People’s Choice Award Sunday morning, Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” has set itself up very nicely as an awards season player. It could become distributor A24’s first best picture nominee, but whether it reaches those heights or not, it’s sure to stir a lot of discussion for lead star Brie Larson.
The 25-year-old actress has amassed an interesting portfolio, from comedy work in TV’s “United States of Tara” to stirring dramatic performances in Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” opposite Woody Harrelson and Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12,” which brought her a number of honors in the 2013 season.
Back in Telluride, I sat down with Larson to talk about the moving task of translating “Room” to the screen, working with a talented 8-year-old co-star and just what »
- Kristopher Tapley
by Seth Metoyer
Beginning today, September 8, consumers will snag a brand new bonus feature when they purchase the Digital HD version of “It Follows” on iTunes here, and even better, consumers who already bought the Dhd from iTunes will automatically be sent the PSA. It’s a fun, pseudo Public Service Announcement (PSA).
About It Follows
The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, »
"Mr. Robot" just concluded its first season. I spoke with creator Sam Esmail about it at length, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as we use a dead puppy oven... "Come on!!!! I need to know what happened!" -Elliot What a fascinating, off-kilter, 100% "Mr. Robot" way to end this season. Everything about this show has always been off: the way characters so often are marginalized in the corner of a frame, or how we're so much inside Elliot's head that we feel like we're losing time right along with him. So it feels right — even if it may be frustrating for some — that the finale skips right past whatever Elliot and Tyrell did at the arcade, keeps Tyrell missing in action entirely, and just jumps us into the strange new world where fsociety has seemingly won and plunged the world into financial chaos. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s bestseller about a mother who shields her five-year-old son from the reality that they are incarcerated in a single room. The film will receive its world premiere in Toronto.
The 38th Mill Valley Film Festival is set to run from October 8-18. »
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Diablo Cody is known for her screenplays (Juno, Young Adult and Showtime's United States of Tara), but it turns out her directing foray did not leave her with the same sense of success: She won't be doing it again — ever. Cody helmed 2013's Paradise, which was released on VOD and critically panned. "I am retired from directing," she tells THR, adding: "I don't think I possess the leadership qualities required to be a
- Rebecca Ford
Marty Deeks and Leslie Knope share a mom…?
“In the second episode a new character is introduced, and the audience will be delighted,” showrunner Shane Brennan told TVLine on Friday, before the casting of Mrs. Deeks was announced at EW.com. “When this person appears, you’re going to go, ‘Oh my God, this is so much fun!'”
What’s more, it »
Diablo Cody has come a long way since "Juno," which blasted her into a studio writing career. In our wide-ranging interview below, the screenwriter admits that she's a lucky indie who writes personal stories about women--and still manages to work within the studio system. Five movies have been produced from her scripts in eight years: not bad. And she swears she will never direct again! Below she talks about independence and why she's the right person to write Sony's "Barbie" movie (2017). We continued the interview on audio after the video ran out: Anne Thompson: What was it like writing Showtime's "United States of Tara," starring Toni Collette as a mom with multiple personalities? Diabo Cody: That was a really great experience, but it was also really strange because I had never worked in television before. And typically when you're given your own show to create, you work your way up »
- Anne Thompson
Keir Gilchrist has done a fine job making a name for himself, playing memorable roles in everything from TV’s The United States of Tara to the recently released Paul Solet film Dark Summer. Hitting shelves today, is a film that not only caught the horror genre by surprise but also made waves with even non-genre fans, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. In It Follows, Gilchrist plays Paul, a young man who tries to do whatever he can to save his best friend (and crush) Jay, played by Maika Monroe. Gilchrist does an excellent job with his role, playing it very realistic and subtle and shows audiences that he has a great career ahead of him.
Gilchrist was nice enough to chat with our own Editor in Chief, Jerry Smith, for a while, about everything from It Follows and his interpretation of it, to his role in the upcoming horror anthology, »
- Jerry Smith
While the screening of "Trainwreck" that debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, back in March was designated a "work-in-progress screening," it was so fully formed, so hilarious, so brilliant and explosive and heartfelt, that it felt finished and ready to capture the national zeitgeist, which it will undoubtedly do when it's finally released this summer. Sometimes you see a movie and just know that in a few months everyone will be talking about it. "Trainwreck" is that movie.
"Trainwreck" stars and was written by Amy Schumer, who plays a journalist living in New York City that, as the title suggests, doesn't exactly have her act together. She's sleeping with a sensitive meathead (John Cena), while also drinking heavily and, well, sleeping with a bunch of other people as well. But an assignment to profile a sports doctor (Bill Hader) that turns into a really-for-real romance, »
- Drew Taylor
Next Tuesday, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows comes out on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension, and we caught up with composer Richard Vreeland, aka Disasterpeace, to discuss his superb score for the horror film.
I understand that writer/director David Robert Mitchell asked you to compose the music for It Follows after he played the 2012 video game Fez, which you also scored. How did he reach out to you and what were your initial thoughts about being offered to score a horror film?
Disasterpeace: David reached out by e-mail. I had a lot of thoughts! I had never scored a feature before, so I was excited about the opportunity, but also wanted to be really discerning before making such a big decision. It was tough to make a decision just based on the script, especially for something as unusual as It Follows' premise, but seeing »
- Derek Anderson
The entity that haunted Jay will soon be able to pay your home a visit on Blu-ray with Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension's July 14th home media release of It Follows, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.
"The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).
For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange »
- Derek Anderson
Following in the wake of HBO Now in April, the second of the three major U.S. premium cable networks - Showtime - has followed suit.
The CBS-owned premium network has premiered its cable and satellite subscription-free stand-alone service on Apple TV, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue for $10.99 per month. Those who already have Hulu Plus subscriptions though can add the $2 cheaper option of adding Showtime as part of that service for a further $8.99 per month.
The service has gone online ahead of the premieres of the new seasons of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters Of Sex" which kick off on Sunday. Showtime is likely hoping that the new service will push the network's number of subscribers - 22.8 million as of March this year - back up and past rival Starz which has 23.3 million. Both sit behind HBO though with 31.4 million.
Online subscribers can access on demand every season of the channel’s original series, »
- Garth Franklin
Respective onscreen stories involving aliens that don't come in peace and a horrific house arrest can soon be enjoyed at home via Scream Factory's July 7th Blu-ray releases of Alien Outpost and Dark Summer, and we've been provided with three copies of each movie to give away.
"2021: An invading race of aliens known as the Heavies are narrowly defeated in the First Earth War. But thousands of them were left behind as a new war on terror rages. In the aftermath, a series of remote operating bases are created to defend the planet. Three Seven is the deadliest, positioned in the most hostile place on Earth.
A documentary film crew is sent to record daily life in Outpost 37, where the men, led by hardened commander Captain Spears (Rick Ravanello, Dark Haul), are under constant enemy fire. When a member of the crew disappears during a Heavy ambush, »
- Derek Anderson
Viola Davis is no stranger to television, having appeared in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Traveler and United States of Tara. It wasn't until she was cast as the lead in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, however, that the 49-year-old actress began to receive the acclaim she deserved. Davis had worked with some of the biggest directors and actors in Hollywood on stage and screen, but many times, she felt marginalized as a nonwhite actor in film. When Shonda Rhimes and Peter Norwalk came calling, the star jumped at the chance to play a mysterious law professor named Annalise Keating. "There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is »
Let’s just face it: Scream Factory’s insane amount of releases aren’t about to slow down anytime soon, and well, I think I speak for most horror fans when I say that that’s something to celebrate. Not only are they continually putting out great Bluray releases of older and almost forgotten titles like their Tentacles/Reptilicus, but the Collector’s Editions like the recently announced People Under The Stairs and I, Madman releases are definitely ones to celebrate.
In case you fright fanatics haven’t been paying attention or just haven’t gotten around to checking out some of the oncoming onslaught of titles, here are a few that are quite exciting for us at Icons of Fright. Read on!
It’s angry. It’s hungry. It’s extremely well-armed and it’s descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! »
- Jerry Smith
After haunting moviegoers this spring, the relentless entity in David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is going to make house calls this summer, as Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS, and Dimension are releasing It Follows on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th:
Press Release -- "Beverly Hills, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – The critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, It Follows arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, RADiUS and Dimension. Dubbed “the best horror film in over a decade”*, It Follows is directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), and stars Maika Monroe (upcoming Independence Day 2, The Guest), Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Beneath, Innocence, Laggies) and Jake Weary (Altitude, Fred).
One of the highest grossing independent films of the year so far, It Follows is credited with ushering in a new era of indie film success, »
- Derek Anderson
Casting news from the Cannes Film Festival reveals that Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica will star in the new horror film, Don’t Knock Twice. Also in this round-up: home media release details on Alien Outpost, Dark Summer, Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley, and a fundraiser launch by Troma.
Don't Knock Twice: Press Release -- "It was revealed today in Cannes that Katee Sackhoff (“Oculus,” “Riddick,” “Battlestar Galactica”) will star in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” directed by Caradog James and being sold in Cannes by Content Media.
In the vein of “Candyman” meets “The Ring,” “Don’t Knock Twice” is based on a psychologically terrifying urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
- Tamika Jones
The partnership between genre favorites Scream Factory and IFC Midnight has definitely been a good one, with the team-up doing quite an excellent job putting out some pretty entertaining films, with everything from Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook to The Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial all being must have releases for horror fans. Adding even more solid titles to their partnership roster, Sf & IFC have now announced the July 7th DVD/Bluray release date for both Paul Solet’s Dark Summer and Jabbar Raisani’s Very solid film Alien Outpost. It’s been a while since Solet’s last film (the extremely effective and original 2009 motherly tale, Grace), so Dark Summer hitting shelves is some excellent news, and Alien Outpost is yet another very well done take on both the found footage-like subgenre and alien invasion flicks.
- Jerry Smith
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