20 items from 2015
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
Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content will partner on The Waiting, a thriller to be directed by Kasra Farahani, starring James Caan (The Godfather, Misery, Elf), Logan Miller (Scouts Vs Zombies, Night Moves, The Stanford Prison Experiment) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, It’S Kind Of A Funny Story, “United States of Tara”).
Speaking about their film, Co-founders of Star Thrower Entertainment Tim White and Trevor White said, “Mark and Jeff have crafted an excellent script that seamlessly combines elements of a riveting thriller and fascinating character study. This script, together with Kasra’s elegant vision and our compelling cast, makes The Waiting the type of filmmaker and talent driven project ideal for Star Thrower.”
- Michelle McCue
Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg stars in the dramatic thriller The Gambler, which debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD last week from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Mark Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a brilliant professor leading a secret double life as a high-stakes gambler.  When Jim is forced to borrow money from a notorious gangster, he places the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. With time running out, he must enter the criminal underworld and risk everything to keep from losing it all.
To celebrate the release of The Gambler, we caught up with Mark Wahlberg's co-star and love interest Brie Larson. In the film, she plays a college student by day, cocktail waitress by night who falls for her professor. The actress offers new insight into this thriller, and what it was like watching Mark Wahlberg work. She also talks about her audition for »
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Brie Larson is one of the most in-demand actors working in American cinema right now. She hasn’t had the requisite breakthrough to push her forward, but has instead had a variety of strong roles that accumulated on her resume have made her very in-demand. She won much critical (and audience) praise for her turn in the remarkable, if little-seen, Short Term 12 in 2013, and offered stellar supporting work in films like 21 Jump Street and The Spectacular Now.
Larson is only 25 but already has more than 40 screen credits to her name, including main roles on TV series like Raising Dad and The United States of Tara. (Others may know her best for a recurring role as Abed’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel, on Community.) She has many exciting films on the horizon as well, including this summer’s Trainwreck and the adaptation of the bestselling novel, Room.
The actress also recently gave »
- Jordan Adler
Over the years, Matthew Del Negro has been in pretty much every show you can imagine: “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “Law & Order,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NCIS,” “Teen Wolf,” “United States of Tara” — the list goes on. But when he landed a relatively small role in a big TV show, his life was turned upside down in the best possible way. Now his character is marrying Cyrus Beene, the fictional chief of staff on Shonda Rhimes‘ juggernaut “Scandal,” a move that took everyone by surprise, Del Negro included. “It’s exactly how I saw it happening,” Del Negro joked »
- Itay Hod
Since Sarah Paulson plays conjoined twins Dot and Bette Tattler on "American Horror Story: Freak Show," we're all dying to know: Will she win two Emmys this year? "That would be the greatest thing ever!" she tells Gold Derby on the Paley Festival red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. Paulson plays along with us, joking, "What if I got up there and I was like, where's the other one? I want two. I need two. Thank you very much." Watch our entire interview below. -Break- Exclusive: Sarah Paulson ('American Horror Story: Freak Show') goes supporting at Emmys "[But] what if I'm not even nominated?" she wonders. After all, crazy things like that happen all the time at the Emmys. However, there is reason for Paulson to be hopeful. Emmy voters love rewarding performers who play dual roles or have multiple personalities. Just ask Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"), who earned he. »
The latest film from director Paul Solet – whose previous films include the fantastic horror Grace - Dark Summer stars Peter Stormare (Fargo, 21 Jump Street, The Big Lebowsiki), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, The Vampire Diaries), Stella Maeve (Transamerica, Starlet), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara, Dead Silence) and Maestro Harrell (Ali, Suburgatory)
In Dark Summer 17 year old Daniel Austin is given house-arrest for the summer for obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush Mona Wilson. When his mother goes away on a long business trip, Daniel is left alone, with no phone, no internet, and no Mona. A horrifying incident occurs leaving an ominous presence in the house…
Dark Summer will be released theatrically on March 20th, before being released digitally by Content Media on April 6th. Check out the trailer and poster below:
- Phil Wheat
Here's the trailer for Amy Schumer's new movie "Trainwreck." She wrote it and stars in it. I cannot effing wait. Let's rank all the memorable players in this flawless trailer. 7. Brie Larson: Ever since "United States of Tara," we've been waiting for the proper Brie Larson showcase. "Short Term 12" wasn't my thing. This will be my thing. #JusticeForBrieLarson 6. Colin Quinn: Inspired casting! I like Colin as a philandering dad who levels with his kids (rather dubiously) about the hardships of romance. He's throwing down some Danny Aiello grit here. Next stop: a cameo as Madonna's disapproving father in a music video about abortion. 5. Vanessa Bayer: Always love V-Bay's "Sound Advice" web series, and I'm glad she gets to employ her kooky version of intelligence and charm here. 4. LeBron James: I interviewed Bill Hader for "The Skeleton Twins" last summer, and he talked about »
- Louis Virtel
It's a paradox. Independent films -- the kind that are often dramas or comedies about everyday people, rather than superheroes -- have all but vanished from theaters, which now show mostly popcorn action blockbusters. And yet, many of the filmmakers who used to make those indie movies have found a home on TV, where that same character-driven sensibility makes their work a critical and commercial success.
Exhibit A is surely Lena Dunham. Her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" never played in more than 21 theaters or sold as much as $400,000 in tickets, but her HBO series "Girls," which has a similar directorial and thematic approach, has made her a star.
In recent years, a number of her fellow indie directors and writers have made the same transition, from the art-house to your living room, mostly via premium cable or streaming outlets Netflix and Amazon. Alongside Dunham at HBO, there's Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective »
- Gary Susman
20 items from 2015
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