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Horror Highlights: Camera Obscura, The Bigfoot Project, Splathouse Productions’ Blue Caveman, Justice Served, Black Rose

This summer, the fine folks over at Chiller Films will release Aaron B. Koontz's feature directorial debut, Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9th and on VOD and Digital on June 13th. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have release details for The Bigfoot Project, Justice Served, and Black Rose, as well as information on Splathouse Productions' Blue Caveman Indiegogo campaign.

Camera Obscura Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY – April 11, 2017 – Chiller Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated horror thriller Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9 and on VOD and Digital HD on June 13. The film is written by Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and marks the theatrical directing debut of Koontz. The cast includes Christopher Denham (“Billions,” “Argo”), Nadja Bobyleva (“Bridge of Spies”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black”), Chase Williamson (Siren, “Beyond the Gates”) and Noah Segan (“The Mind’s Eye,
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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’
Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as
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Sundance 2017: Why the Market Is Still Hot

The Sundance Film Festival, Hollywood’s annual marathon of all-night bidding and impulse buying, kicks off Jan. 19, but credit cards were being thrown around before agents even bought their boots for the snowy mountains of Park City.

Sony Pictures Classics has already scooped up global rights for the gay love story “Call Me by Your Name” for close to $6 million. A24 took “A Ghost Story,” a spooky tale that reteams director David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Not to be left out, Netflix continued its recent acquisitions spree with the documentary “Casting JonBenet,” about the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant who was murdered in 1996.

The trio of deals, while just the tip of the iceberg, suggests a robust market for Sundance, as distributors are eager to seize on strong material early to avoid frenzied bidding wars. Netflix and Amazon Studios, as well as stalwarts like Spc,
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Afm: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd's Gay Comedy 'Ideal Home' Sells Wide (Exclusive)

Ideal Home, the comedy in which British comic actor Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play a bickering gay couple whose extravagant lives are turned upside down by a new addition to the family, has been snapped up by international buyers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The film, being offered at Afm by Fortitude Films, has attracted sales from Icon (Australia/New Zealand), Remstar (Canada), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Crystal Sky (Philippines), Lusomundo (Portugal), Forum (Israel), Tanweer (Greece/Cyprus), Pictureworks (India), Falcon (Middle East) and Cinesky (airlines). Written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft), Ideal Home is produced by Aaron Ryder,

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Jake McDorman joins Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

For those who haven’t yet heard, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are teaming up for new dramedy from Hamlet 2 writer and director Andrew Fleming , entitled Ideal Home. It has now just been announced that Jake McDorman, star of Limitless, will be joining the comedic duo for the forthcoming film.

Ideal Home will follow Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan), a bickering married couple living an extravagant life until the latter’s grandson — who he didn’t know existed — shows up at their high-class dinner party, after which they reluctantly decide to take him in. According to Deadline, McDorman will be playing a character who goes by the name of Beau, “a drifter father who losses custody of his son to his estranged dad Erasmus and partner Paul.”

McDorman’s credits run all the way back to 2003. He has appeared in a number of TV series’ including Showtime’s Shameless
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'Ideal Home' lands with Remstar for Canada

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The distributor has acquired all Canadian rights from Fortitude International to the comedy Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan.

Andrew Fleming, who reunites with his Hamlet 2 star Coogan, directs what is the first project co-financed by Remstar Films’ sister company Remstar Studios alongside the National Bank Of Canada.

Principal photography began on May 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The story centres on a bickering gay couple who are left with no choice but to take in a young man who claims one of them is his grandfather.

Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Aaron Ryder, and Remstar Studio’s Clark Peterson and Maxime Remillard produce, while Lisa Wolofsky of the National Bank Of Canada serves as executive producer.

Fortitude International is in talks with international buyers in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global represents Us rights.
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Cannes: Remstar Buys Canada on ‘Ideal Home’ With Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan (Exclusive)

Remstar Films has acquired all Canadian rights “Ideal Home,” a comedy with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan.

The pair star as a bickering couple, one a celebrity, the other, his more hesitant partner. When Coogan’s grandson shows up at their high class dinner party, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.

Andrew Fleming, who previously worked with Coogan on “Hamlet 2,” directs the film. Principal photography for the film began May 11th, 2016 and is currently underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Gabriella Tana (“The Duchess”), Maria Theresa Arida (“Arbitrage”), Aaron Ryder (“Mud”), and Remstar’s Clark Peterson and Maxime Remillard produced the film. Lisa Wolofsky of the National Bank of Canada is executive producing the film. Remstar Studios and the National Bank of Canada co-financed the film.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and is actively selling the film at the market in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group
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Why Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd’s New Movie Proved an ‘Ideal’ Film for Banker’s Backing

Why Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd’s New Movie Proved an ‘Ideal’ Film for Banker’s Backing
In 2007, Steve Coogan starred in and Andrew Fleming directed the offbeat comedy “Hamlet 2” — a film most remembered for a Sundance bidding war won by Fox Searchlight, which didn’t come close to recouping its $10 million payout at the box office. But the indie market has a short memory, and Coogan is starring in another Fleming pic, backed by a pair of eager Canadian financers.

Coogan stars with Paul Rudd in “An Ideal Home,” which is going into production on May 11 — the opening day of Cannes. They play a bickering couple with an extravagant life: Coogan is a demanding celebrity and Rudd his quieter partner. Their lives are turned upside-down when, at a dinner party, Coogan’s character is confronted with the grandson he never knew he had. With nowhere else to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.

It’s a story rich with situations that reflect the zeitgeist.
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Paul Rudd And Steve Coogan Settle Into An Ideal Home

Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are set to join forces for a second time in An Ideal Home – a new comedy drama, written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, Dick). Marvel’s newest star, Paul Rudd, and British star Steve Coogan already starred opposite each other in 2011’s Our Idiot Brother, but this latest collaboration will see the pair united in marriage.

Coogan will play a famous celebrity, while Rudd will play his more reclusive, shy spouse. Their extravagant, public lifestyle places their relationship under considerable strain, which is amplified by the unexpected arrival of a young man claiming to be the grandson Coogan never realized he had. With his grandson in dire straits, with nowhere else to go, the couple agree to welcome him into their home, in the secret hope that his presence will heal the rifts forming in their marriage.

The film is currently being packaged for sale by Fortitude International,
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Movie News: 'The Revenant' Leads BAFTA Winners; Watch First 'Ghostbusters' Teaser

BAFTA Winners: The Revenant won five British Academy Film Awards last night, including best film and leading actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Brie Larson took home the leading actress award for Room, while Mad Max: Fury Road received four awards. Supporting performance awards went to Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies). Fourteen films received at least one award. [Movie City News]   An Ideal Home: Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan will star as a married couple in An Ideal Home, to be directed by Andrew Fleming. The comedy/drama follows what happens when the grandson of a celebrity (Coogan) unexpectedly shows up. Rudd and Coogan appeared together in Our Idiot Brother (2011, above), while Coogan and Fleming previously worked together on 2008's Hamlet 2...

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Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan To Star In An Ideal Home

Paul Rudd (Ant-man, Anchorman 1 & 2) and Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) are set to star in drama/comedy An Ideal Home written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft).

In pre-production, Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada are co- financing the film, which is being produced by Gabriella Tana (Philomena, The Duchess), Maria Theresa Arida (Arbitrage, City Island), Maxime Remillard and Aaron Ryder (Founder, Mud). Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producing the film.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and sales at the European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping Us rights.

Paul (Rudd) and Erasmus (Coogan) are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. Erasmus is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go,
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Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd to star in 'An Ideal Home'

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Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd to star in 'An Ideal Home'
Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd will play a bickering couple in the drama-comedy that Fortitude International has introduced to Efm buyers.

Coogan’s Hamlet 2 director Andrew Fleming will helm the story about a celebrity and his more reserved partner who are hosting a dinner party when a youngster turns up claiming to be the grandson the celebrity never knew he had.

UTA Independent Film Group and Wme Global jointly represent Us rights.

Remstar Studios and National Bank Of Canada are co- financing the film, which Gabriella Tana, Maria Theresa Arida, Maxime Remillard, and Aaron Ryder are producing.

Clark Peterson and Lisa Wolofsky serve as executive producers.

Coogan stars in Panorama selection Shepherds And Butchers. Rudd will next be seen in Marvel StudiosCaptain America: Civil War that opens worldwide around the May 6 Us release date.
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Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin

Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin
Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are moving in together, sort of. Fortitude International has added dramedy An Ideal Home to its Efm slate with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan starring. Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft) wrote and is directing. Pre-production is currently underway with Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada co-financing. UTA Independent Film Group and Wme are repping U.S. rights. Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple leading an extravagant life. Coogan’s…
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Now and Then: Sundance’s Biggest Breakouts

Park City may be icy cold, but the film acquisitions are piping hot at this year Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight secured world rights to “The Birth of a Nation” in a record-breaking deal totaling $17.5 million. Actor-writer Nate Parker’s (“Beyond the Lights”) directorial debut is one of the festival’s most acclaimed films to play the fest this year. This purchase rivals the $10.5 million paid out for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and the $10 million sum for “Hamlet 2” in 2008. Parker portrays former slave Nat Turner, who led one of the biggest slave rebellions in United States history. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature, “Manchester by the Sea,” also lit Park City up this week. Amazon acquired the drama for $10 million. The pic stars Casey Affleck as a man who returns to his
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‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Hopes to Be ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Style Summer Breakout

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Hopes to Be ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Style Summer Breakout
Jurassic World” cast such a gargantuan shadow across the weekend box office that it was easy to overlook another promising new release, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

The Sundance favorite didn’t set any records, but Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the tearjerker about a high school cinephile who befriends a cancer-stricken classmate, insists it is pleased with the film’s performance.

“We felt the film was strong enough to go in the summer,” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “There was no indication [‘Jurassic World’] would do $200 million, and that kind of sucked up all the air, but there was still space for us and we got the press and reviews we needed.”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” debuted in six markets and 15 theaters to a respectable $210,000, representing a per-screen average of $14,000. Rodriguez likened those results to the $116,666 and $19,444 per-screen to which “Napoleon Dynamite
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ gets a new trailer

The untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman last year left many projects in limbo, most notably the Hunger Games movie franchise, where he was in the midst of shooting for a pivotal role in the series. However, Hoffman’s demise also put to an end the actor’s transition to television, as he was set to take on the lead role in the Showtime series Happyish, following in the footsteps of numerous performers who had made the transition to the small screen. While Hoffman’s demise put the show in jeopardy, it soon righted itself, going in a different direction by having Steve Coogan step into the lead. Coogan, who has previously found success in television with the Alan Partridge character across numerous shows, as well as movies such as Hamlet 2 and The Other Guys, plays the role of Thom Payne. The show’s synopsis is as follows:

On his birthday,
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X/Y | Review

Axes of Fulfillment: Williams Explores the Lives of Malcontented Young Adults

There’s a certain way to make multiple, intersecting storylines breathe life into a narrative structure, though it’s a rather abused formula of narrative free form often masking the lack of substance at hand. To be certain, director Ryan Piers Williams makes better use of this structure than a variety of recent examples, giving us a quiet, simplistic approach of four interrelated early thirtysomethings in Manhattan instead of bludgeoning with caustic twists a la Paul Haggis. If the material isn’t innately virginal, Williams takes some unexpected turns (not to mention the added attraction of having his wife, actress America Ferrera starring as one of the main characters). At the end of the day, some of their stories in X/Y are stronger than others, but even throughout the more familiar tics, it’s a well-acted quartet, divided
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Laura Dern and Judd Apatow Putting Together a Female Football Comedy for Universal

A female football movie? Laura Dern and Judd Apatow caught got my attention with that! It’s being reported that Dern came up with an idea for a comedy about obsessive female football fans and that Apatow is helping her develop it for Universal. Hamlet 2 and Hot Rod scribe Pam Brady is penning the script, but other than that, we don’t know much more about the project. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Dern winds up scoring a role in the film, but right now she’s only set to produce alongside Barry Mendel and Apatow on behalf of Apatow Productions. Hit the jump for more. So there’s not really much more to the Variety article, but it is a fun idea to think about. Thanks to Apatow’s involvement, my mind immediately goes to Bridesmaids with football. And really, if this group of football-loving
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Judd Apatow, Laura Dern teaming up for football fan comedy

Judd Apatow, Laura Dern teaming up for football fan comedy
Judd Apatow and Laura Dern diving into "the world of obsessive female football fans." The two are joining forces for a female-driven comedy about that world for Universal, the studio confirmed to EW. Dern came up with the concept for the ensemble piece, and screenplay duties are going to Pam Brady, who collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone on South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut and co-wrote Hamlet 2. Apatow and Dern are producing with Barry Mendel. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Apatow directed Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, which will be released in summer 2015. Dern,
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