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Producers are Mary Pat Bentel, David Hansen and Johnny Mac (through Autumn Productions), Tomei (through her Bella Vida Productions), Marcus Cox and Karrie Cox (Through Films). Heywood Wilansky, Hao Pham-Wilansky and Justin Williams are executive producing.
The film centers on a woman and her teenage son — played by Tomei and Plummer — in the aftermath of tragedy who must forge into uncharted territory in order to move on with their lives. Olyphant (“Justified”) and Enos (“The Catch”) also star with David Call, Emily Robinson, Nik Dodani and Sakina Jaffrey rounding out the supporting cast.
Leonard broke into the business as an actor in “The Blair Witch project.” Other notable acting roles include “Humday, »
- Dave McNary
Spoofaway Camp: Strauss-Schulson’s Playful Mash-up Takes a Tumble On You
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson, whose last feature was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) returns with The Final Girls, an entertaining surprise of sorts as a playful riff on early 80s slasher tropes as it borrows the cosmic charms at play in classic titles like Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
With a talented young cast and plenty of boisterous energy, Strauss-Schulson manages to instill a thread of sentimentality in this generally comedic feature, and ironically makes us care more for its characters than the films it pays homage to actually manage. Those looking for genre thrills will most likely be disappointed, and its eventual outcome is a bit too hoary despite its enjoyable cuteness from screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (the team who wrote Rose McGowan’s 2014 short film Dawn, »
- Nicholas Bell
Ready to check back into A&E's Bates Motel? With the season three premiere airing tonight, you don't have to wait long. After the tense ending to season two, writers/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have plenty of suspense (both psychological and palpable) in the pipeline for the 10-episode third season, and coming off another Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series, Vera Farmiga looks to bring Norma to life once again with a multifaceted flair. We recently had the chance to take part in an interview call with Farmiga, Cuse, and Ehrin, who discussed what's in store for Norma and Norman's strained relationship in season three, new cast members, learning Slipknot songs on guitar in between scenes, the number of seasons planned for Bates Motel, and more.
- Derek Anderson
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