10 items from 2014
Henry Rowengartner returned to Wrigley Field Saturday night. Thomas Ian Nicholas, who starred in 1993's beloved baseball flick Rookie of the Year, threw out the first pitch for the Cubs vs. Braves game in Chicago. Nicholas, who has been more visible lately as Kevin from the American Pie series (the most recent of which was 2012's American Reunion), was helping the Cubs celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, which is this season. Nicholas, 34, and wife Colette Marino have a 2½-year-old son, Nolan River. Though Nicholas continues to act, he's focused more on his music lately - his most recent release is the Ep Security. »
- Alex Heigl
I’m “biast” (con): the “funny” bits in the trailer were not funny
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m not talking about the comic timing of the alleged jokes in this overlong, underfunny, and shamelessly self-indulgent flick. No amount of tinkering with timing could repair the cesspool collection of done-to-death comedy clichés that range from “might have been funny the first time they were deployed in cinema, in 1912” to “might be hilarious to those not quite finished with potty training” to “oh my god, dude, not funny ever.” For »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you are an aspiring composer, a musician, or simply a music fan interested in how a song actually comes together before you see it on the big screen, we have a peak behind the curtain for you. Composer John Fulford specializes in creating music for productions and has worked on shows like Breaking Bad, Glee and Enlightened as well as indie films like The Sunset Limited, studio releases like American Reunion and, most recently, Brick Mansions. Fulford knows how to work within tight deadlines (thanks to the weekly schedule of TV) and this discipline of constantly creating has helped train his ear in recognizing track elements that would work perfect on screen. Fulford was looking to get some music on Shawn Ryan’s The Chicago Code and figured the best way to achieve that goal was to work with Chicago-based artists. That led him to the artist N.E.P.H.E.W. Fulford and Nep began working together and created »
- Allison Loring
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on zombie-themed charities working to fight Cancer, DVD release details for Raze, first details on Autumn Moon and The Infected, and much more:
The Walking Hope Charity Details: “Do you Relay like I do? Are you a supporter of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society? Are you a fan of the AMC Show “The Walking Dead?” Yes…Yes…and Yes!! This shirt is for you! All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society via Rfl!
The Walking Hope has broad support of fans and cast and crew of the show like Melissa Mcbride, Norman Reedus, Addy Miller, Kyla Kenedy, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Lauren Cohan, Brighton Sharbino, Chad Coleman and more!
Each year, millions of people in 21 countries take place in Relay For Life events. »
- Tamika Jones
We told you about the horror project The Infected about a week or so ago, and the people behind it are now reaching out to the horror community to help get this thing out and infecting the masses.
From the Press Release
Writer/director Barry Morgan (Arcana) and actress/producer Helenna Santos (American Reunion, Black Box TV) are well under way with post-production for the new short horror film The Infected. In order to get the film on screens for horror lovers everywhere, they are looking to the indie horror community for assistance in raising finishing funds.
With picture lock completed, The Infected is now off to color correction, sound design, and scoring.
Morgan states: “The cast and crew did an amazing job bringing this wonderfully sick story to life. While in pre-production we had planned to immediately put the short online when completed, but once editing was finished, we »
- Steve Barton
Charlene Amoia ("How I Met Your Mother," American Reunion) will star in a new horror film for Zoe and Pebbles Productions in association with Mulberry Street Films, LLC, entitled Nefas: The Wicked, a haunted house tale based on true events. Of course!
Filming begins in June just outside of Chicago. The terrifying tale is inspired by true events and is loaded with unforeseen twists. (That's never been seen in a possession movie before, right?)
Julia is a quirky single mother who has left the big city with her teenage daughter, Charlotte, and has taken up residence in the old Miller house. What she is unaware of »
- Steve Barton
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: Screen Media
A dysfunctional writers’ group melts down when their newest member finds overnight success in the 2014 film comedy Authors Anonymous.
After a group of unpublished writers with the motto “all for one” accept in Hannah Rinaldi (Kaley Cuoco, TV’s Big Bang Theory), the last thing they expect is her overnight success—but that’s exactly what they get. While her career takes off with a book and movie deal, her eccentric and envious colleagues struggle to find their own paths to publishing fame and fortune.
Authors Anonymous will pop up in a U.S. theater or two on April 18 prior to its DVD premiere in June. »
Here at Dread Central we pride ourselves on recognizing that the indie filmmaker is the future of our genre and should be given as much spotlight as anyone else. Ya just never know! On tap right now we have the first look at another short film headed our way called The Infected. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Writer/director Barry Morgan’s (Arcana) new short horror film The Infected wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles last week and stars Filipino American actress Helenna Santos (American Reunion, Black Box TV), who also produced the film with Morgan.
While The Infected fits squarely in the horror genre, it has one important difference: The lead character is a visible minority. As Morgan states: “We never even thought about the fact that Helenna is a visible minority. It was only after we wrapped and started discussing our plans for the project that we »
- Uncle Creepy
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $39.97
Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One) as Piper Chapman, a Brooklynite who’s about to embark on a new business venture, selling custom candles, when her wild past with Alex Vause (Laura Prepon, The Kitchen) comes back to haunt her.
To pay her debt to society, Piper leaves behind her fiancee (Jason Biggs, American Reunion) and turns herself into a federal penitentiary, where she dons her orange jumpsuit and comes face to face with Alex as well as a cell full of eccentric inmates.
Today we have the first/exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and plot synopsis from "Dropped," an independent film starring Anna Marie Dobbins (Footloose), Danny Vinson (Talladega Nights), Erin Underwood ("The Shield"), and Jesse Malinowski (American Reunion). Check everything out below. Plot: Nothing's more important to Emily (Dobbins) than to graduate from high school and head off to college. But everything changes during a night out with friends when Emily is attacked and raped. Forced to deal with the attack on her own, things become more difficult when she learns she's pregnant. With her future now on hold, she must figure out how to take care of her new child, as well as deal with being a rape victim. But the biggest challenge will come in court, where she will fight to keep her daughter. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
10 items from 2014
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