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Review: Natural Selection 2

24 November 2012 8:43 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Natural Selection 2; the new Rts/Fps hybrid from UnknownWorlds, follows the success of it's predecessor which brought a whole new experience to the Rts. The original Natural Selection - a critically-acclaimed Half-Life mod released back in 2002 - allowed players to take on the role of the Commander, being able to give orders and upgrade Human-controlled units, as well as stepping into the fray as a footsoldier on the field of battle, giving each side reliance to the other. If your team's Commander wasn't an experienced player then you could have had a bad start, or vice versa; if your squad was too independent and didn't communicate with each other, it might be frustrating to command people who didn't follow your orders.

Natural Selection 2 brings a new direction to the contemporary games market on PC, taking two popular genres and fusing them together in a highly-innovative (and surprisingly good) game experience. »

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Natural Selection | Blu-ray Review

15 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Natural Selection, Robbie Pickering’s raw exploration of bible belt secrecy, proves to be an impressive debut for the Texas born director. Taking home a quartet of awards from SXSW last year, the film finds Rachael Harris behind a pair of wide wire-rimmed spectacles playing Linda, a deeply repressed woman of astute faith who’s husband has been keeping deep, dark secrets. Harris has long been hopping from one small screen appearance to the next, but here, paired with Matt O’ Leary’s trailer trash Raymond, she gives an astoundingly open hearted performance that affirms her silver screen worth. The two comprise a classic road movie odd couple, but Pickering’s script mostly avoids the tired tropes of being highway bound, and though darkly comic along the way, the tale is quite the heart breaker in (drab) disguise.

Linda is both culturally and sexually subdued. Since a teenage disaster that left her infertile, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Ape | AFI Fest 2012 Review

3 November 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Natural Selection: Potrykus’ Debuts a Worthwhile yet Ragged Effort

Aligned with similarly titled works that capture mankind’s possibility to regress to a more primitive, mammalian state under pressure, everywhere from Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape to Jesper Ganslandt’s more recent, 2009 film, The Ape, indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus brings us young man malaise with his feature debut, Ape. Hailing from Michigan, Potrykus, like his protagonist, operates far from either centered entertainment metropolis in the Us, and his film suggests a different rhythm than that displayed from more prestigiously located emerging artists. Unfortunately, the film, particularly the first half, feels incredibly amateurish and sluggish, and creaks along like nails on the chalkboard until eventually finding a workable rhythm that manages to find a voice despite the obviously extreme budgetary constraints.

Trevor Newandyke (Joshua Burge) has one sole ambition in life, and that is to be a successful stand-up comedian. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Matthew Lillard Shares the "Puke Scene" From His Directorial Debut, 'Fat Kid Rules the World'

23 October 2012 7:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Below, Matthew Lillard shares one of his favorite scenes from his directorial feature debut "Fat Kid Rules The World," currently playing in select theaters and slated to hit VOD October 25th (more details here). The coming-of-age tale stars "Terri" breakout Jacob Wysocki as the titular 'fat kid' Troy, who at the outset of Lillard's comedy attempts suicide by stepping in front of a moving bus. Enter Marcus (Matt O'Leary of "Natural Selection"), a charismatic young high school dropout, who saves Troy's life by pushing him out of the way. Before long, Marcus has enlisted Troy as drummer in his punk band, and though Troy's new identity gives him much-needed confidence and purpose, his father is less than thrilled by his choice of friends. ___________________ I have to pick a scene. One scene? Not easy. There are all kinds of pressure when you’re picking just one scene. It’s like "Sophie's Choice. »

- Matthew Lillard

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Fat Kid Rules the World Movie Review

17 October 2012 4:34 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Fat Kid Rules the World Director: Matthew Lillard Starring: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary, Billy Campbell, Lilli Simmons A sweet-natured and loose-limbed coming-of-age tale that delivers by way of its smart, sympathetic performances and an accumulation of telling details, actor Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut, “Fat Kid Rules the World,” tells a simple and familiar story, but one with not inconsiderable emotional purchase. Sad-sack Seattle seventeen-year-old Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki, of “Terri”) is overweight and suicidal – seemingly always at odds with his brother and emotionally conflicted ex-Marine father (Billy Campbell, delivering fine work). After Troy is saved from his darker impulses by Marcus (Matt O’Leary, of “Natural Selection”), a scruffy, talkative high school dropout and  [ Read More ]

The post Fat Kid Rules the World Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- bsimon

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Fat Kid Rules the World | Review

4 October 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Punked Up: Lillard’s Passion Project a Worthwhile Effort

Matthew Lillard, that 1990s alternative screen teen utilized to great effect by John Waters, Wes Craven, and in the cult classic Slc Punk! (1998), who’s all grown up now and peppering fare like The Descendents (2011) and Trouble With the Curve (2012) at last unveils his directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, an effort nine years in the making. Based on the 2003 novel by K.L. Going, Lillard proves himself to be a worthy talent behind the camera. What may be lacking in narrative originality and cinematic aesthetic is more than made up for by his ability to capture three performances that carry this film.

Troy (Jacob Wysocki) is an overweight teenager without any friends, his only outlet on online gaming universe. His relationship with his ex-Marine dad, (Billy Campbell) and younger brother Dayle (Dylan Arnold) has been strained since the death of his mother, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Fat Kid Rules The World Q&A With Matthew Lillard And Cast

12 September 2012 6:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fat Kid Rules The World, the directorial debut of Matthew Lillard and based on the Ya novel by Kl Going, will be opening in theaters in New York on October 5th, followed by Los Angeles on October 12th and VOD October 25th.

In preparation, Matthew Lillard hosted a free screening of Fat Kid Rules The World last night (Tuesday, September 11th), followed by a streaming Q&A for The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood, CA, and Wamg was there.

Check out the Q&A here:

Video chat by Stickam.com

Produced by Whitewater Films, the film won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and the Kickstarter campaign to support the domestic release raised over $150,000.

Fat Kid Rules The World stars Jacob Wysocki (Terri, TV’s Huge), Matt O’Leary (Natural Selection, Brick) and Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) and is based on the novel by K. »

- Melissa Howland

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Win Guaranteed Passes To An Advance Screening Of Fat Kid Rules The World… In Hollywood

6 September 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fat Kid Rules The World, the directorial debut of Matthew Lillard and based on the Ya novel by Kl Going, will be opening in theaters in New York on October 5th, followed by Los Angeles on October 12th and VOD October 25th.

To celebrate, Wamg is giving away a pair of a pair of skip-to-the-front-of-the-line-guaranteed-seats tickets to the Tuesday, September 11th screening of Fat Kid Rules The World by The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Matthew Lillard will be hosting the screening, followed by a streaming Q&A.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The Los Angeles Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. Fill Out Your Name And E-mail Address Below. Real First And Last Names Required.

3. Answer The Following Question: What would you like to ask Matthew Lillard?

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Passes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged. »

- Melissa Howland

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New Fat Kid Rules The World Behind The Scenes Videos

14 August 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

New independent film “Fat Kid Rules the World” has recently released some behind the scenes videos on YouTube in preparation for its release this year. Here are descriptions of the new videos: -Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, who scored Fat Kid, discusses the film singles “Sock Hop” and “Disconnect” with director Matthew Lillard. Watch here. -Matthew Lillard talks about the decision to release the film independently through a Kickstarter-funded campaign. Watch here. -Jacob Wysocki (Terri, TV’s “Huge”) and Matt O’Leary (Natural Selection, Brick) appear in this film clip featuring an epic vomit sequence on stage. Watch here. Visit the YouTube page to see additional videos featuring Matthew Lillard, Mike McCready, Billy  [ Read More ] »

- monique

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Fat Kid Rules The World Red Band Trailer, Poster – Vans Warped Tour, TuggInc Bringing It To Theaters This Summer

25 July 2012 10:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Arc Entertainment, Whitewater Films and Matthew Lillard are taking the unconventional approach of launching the theatrical release of Lillard.s directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules The World, via the Vans Warped Tour and Tugg.com this summer. Through a series of promotional events and public appearances on the Warped Tour, Lillard is directly engaging the film’s punk rock fan base so they can set up Tugg screenings of the film along the course of the tour and anywhere else in the United States. Tugg is a collective action web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters.

To get tickets, visit: http://www.tugg.com/titles/fat-kid-rules-the-world

Produced by Whitewater Films, the film won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and the Kickstarter campaign to support the domestic release raised over $150,000.

Fat Kid Rules The World stars Jacob Wysocki (Terri, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘CSI: Miami’s’ Adam Rodriguez & Rachael Harris Added To ‘Lovesick’

18 July 2012 5:19 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Adam Rodriguez and Rachael Harris have joined the cast of Lovesick. The duo will star with Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter, Chevy Chase and Kristin Johnson in the indie romantic comedy. Lovesick tells the tale of Charlie Darby, a sweet high school principal who goes off the rails whenever he falls in love. Rodriguez will play Jason, the married best friend to LeBlanc’s Charlie character. Harris will play Roberta, an aggressive date of Charlie’s. Luke Mathaney, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his short film Love of God, is directing Lovesick. Dean Young wrote the screenplay and is an executive producer on the film. Michael Roiff and Travus Pope are producing, with Rachel Berk and Josh Goldstein co-producing. Lovesick is currently filming in Los Angeles. Rodriguez currently appears in Steve Soderbourgh’s Magic Mike. Before jumping to the big screen, the actor was best known for his role of »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Natural Selection – The Review

13 July 2012 5:57 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Rachel Harris is an actress who’s caught my attention in some recent movies. She was memorable as Parker Posey’s stern lesbian lover in Home for Purim, the ‘movie-within-a-movie’ in For Your Consideration and she’s the mom in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid flicks. Now she’s been given her first lead in Natural Selection and has proven that she’s more than capable of handling a big screen lead role. It’s unfortunate that the script for Natural Selection, despite a promising start, is unworthy of her talents.

Linda White (Rachael Harris) has been married for more than 20 years to Abe (John Diehl), a fundamentalist Christian who refuses to have sex with her. When the couple had trouble conceiving early in their marriage, it was discovered that Linda was infertile, and believing that sex without producing offspring is a sin, Abe insisted their union be celibate. »

- Tom Stockman

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2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Winners

25 June 2012 12:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced on Sunday the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by Chaya Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The La Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.

“Every single filmmaker in this year’s Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear.diversity and uniqueness of vision,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, »

- Michelle McCue

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Los Angeles Film Festival… and the winners are

24 June 2012 1:57 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by Chaya Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The La Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.

“Every single filmmaker in this year’s Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear—diversity and uniqueness of vision,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, »

- Josh Abraham

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Film Independent Announces Laff Jurors

7 June 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Film Independent today announced the jurors for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Narrative jury will consist of "Natural Selection" actress Rachael Harris (who we interviewed at Laff last year), filmmaker Robert Townsend, and critic Sheri Linden. The Documentary jury is comprised of producers Heather Rae and Karin Chien and filmmaker Mark Landsman ("Thunder Soul"). Film critic and author Ernest Hardy, Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Nancy Schreiber ("Your Friends And Neighbors," "The Celluloid Closet") and writer/director/editor Javier Fuentes León ("Contracorriente"), who won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival round out the shorts jury. This jury will deliberate on the cash prizes during the festival's run from June 14-24. The competition and audience award winners will be announced at the Awards Brunch held at Chaya Downtown on the last day of the festival.   »

- Austin Dale

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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy team for cop comedy. Plus: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Chloe Moretz, Rupert Everett, Tom Cruise

21 May 2012 6:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are joining forces for an untitled comedy about an F.B.I. agent (Bullock) and Boston cop (McCarthy), with Bridesmaids director Paul FeigParks and Recreation scribe Katie Dippold is penning the script. [Deadline]

• Robin Williams, Mila KunisPeter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, and James Earl Jones have signed on for The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, about a patient who is erroneously told he has 90 minutes to live. The comedy marks the first film from Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson since 2002′s The Sum of All Fears. [Screen International]

• Jessica BielChloe Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan »

- Adam B. Vary

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Natural Selection Movie Review

18 May 2012 5:57 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Natural Selection Director: Robbie Pickering Starring: Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary, John Diehl, Jon Gries, Gayland Williams The darling of last year’s South By Southwest Film Festival, where it picked up seven awards, “Natural Selection” has an interesting central idea and a pair of fairly arresting lead turns, but it doesn’t convincingly dig down into its characters, and is further bogged down and hamstrung by its technical limitations. A cracked road trip in which a devoted Christian housewife jointly rescues and falls for a hedonistic, previously unknown family member, writer-director Robbie Pickering’s feature debut is an indie effort shot through with good intention, but lacking in either deft enough execution  [ Read More ] »

- bsimon

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In Theaters: 'The Dictator' Overruns The 'Polisse,' So That 'Battleship' And 'What To Expect' May Cause Angry 'Hysteria' Among 'The Samaritan's

18 May 2012 1:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Dictators, hitmen, and navy officers – oh my! It’s a big weekend for the dudes, the professional advantages mentioned above notwithstanding, and we can expect screens clogged with manly men doing male things. Even the invention of a sex toy (by a man, duh) and male grooming get sweet turns in the theaters. If only the powerful sight of pregnant women was enough to combat the male-dominated market. Ah well, perhaps another weekend. Let’s jump into the testosterone-fueled fray, shall we?

Political satire, social comedy, and gross-out humor each take their turn in the Larry Charles-directed “The Dictator,” which opened Wednesday. Sacha Baron Cohen is Admiral General Aladeen, the universal and undisputed leader of the fictional North African nation of Wadiya. Running (or perhaps “scaring” is a better word choice here) a nation with a sexist, racist, iron fist, threatening nuclear warfare while hoarding oil reserves, Aladeen is »

- Emma Bernstein

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Review: 'Natural Selection' Surprises and Charms in More Ways Than One On Its Odd Couple Road Trip Journey

18 May 2012 10:15 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Natural Selection" swept the jury awards at SXSW 2011, and has been generally hailed especially for Rachael Harris' performance, a dramatic turn from a well-established comedienne. The feature debut from writer/director Robbie Pickering, the film stars Harris as mousey Texas housewife Lindy who has been denied sex by her husband Abe (John Diehl) for 25 years because their religion forbids copulation without the express purpose of procreation, and wouldn't you know it, Lindy can't have any "special babies." Abe fulfills his needs secretly, at the local sperm bank, which Lindy doesn't discover until he keels over from a stroke, mid-jerk. With her entire world hanging in the balance, Lindy sets off on a road trip to find one of Abe's offspring to bring him back at the behest of her husband's dying wish (or so she thinks... or imagines), armed with only a name (Raymond), city and her trusty hatchback. »

- Katie Walsh

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Review: ‘Natural Selection’ Mixes Family, God and Morning Wood Into an Offbeat and Rewarding Comedy

29 April 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Natural Selection opens with a birth, of sorts, and ends with another. Kind of. A landscaper is working the grounds outside a prison, but when he takes a break and walks away from his riding lawnmower the clippings bag begins to move. A seam rips open and out pours a scrawny, filthy, mulleted man clearly thrilled to have escaped from jail. A few states away Linda (Rachael Harris) and her husband Abe (John Diehl) are waking in bed. She makes moves of a seductive nature, but he shuts her down with a reminder that God would not approve. She’s barren and unable to conceive, and God only approves of fornication in the service of procreation. It’s a struggle that she accepts without complaint, but when Abe suffers an ironic stroke that puts him in a coma while “donating” at a sperm bank she discovers he’s been doing so since they were married over twenty »

- Rob Hunter

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