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Review Round-Up: Camera Obscura, Aaron’S Blood, and The Little Hours

  • DailyDead
June ended up being a particularly busy month of releases, and here’s a look at three different indie films that I had the opportunity to check out over the last several weeks:

Camera Obscura: For his feature film directorial debut, co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz concocts his own “weird episode of Goosebumps” (to borrow a phrase from the film) in Camera Obscura, which feels like a mash-up of Shutter (the original, not the remake) and Final Destination, with a bit of a slasher twist thrown in for good measure. Koontz deftly maneuvers through familiar genre tropes to create an unexpected horror treat, anchored by a strong performance from Christopher Denham (Shutter Island, The Bay).

In Camera Obscura, we meet photographer Jack Zeller (Denham), who has been struggling with Ptsd after returning from shooting photos in the Middle East. His supportive fiancée, Claire (Nadja Bobyleva), decides to pick him
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Interview: Noah Segan on Getting to be the Good Guy in Camera Obscura

  • DailyDead
On Friday, June 9th, Aaron B. Koontz’s Camera Obscura hits theaters before making its way onto VOD platforms everywhere just a few days later on the 13th. The psychological horror film stars Christopher Denham (Money Monster, The Bay), Nadja Bobyleva (Bridge of Spies), Noah Segan (Looper, Starry Eyes, Brick), and also features some other stellar supporting talent that should be familiar to genre fans, including Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, Beyond the Gates), Andrew Sensenig (We Are Still Here), and Gretchen Lodge (Lovely Molly).

Daily Dead recently spoke to Segan about working on Camera Obscura with both Koontz and Denham, with whom he shares most of his scenes with. Segan also chatted about the privilege of being able to make movies with your friends, getting to be the “good guy,” and more.

Congrats on your impending fatherhood and getting married. Seems like you’ve got a lot
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Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

  • ScreenDaily
Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider
Three-year production deal aims for one genre film a year.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has struck a production deal with veteran producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider on a slate of high-concept, modestly- budgeted English-language genre films.

The goal is for the projects to demonstrate broad international appeal and franchise potential and make at least one film a year that Image Nation will fully finance. The parties declined to reveal titles.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Ali F. Mostafa’s dystopian thriller The Worthy, set to debut worldwide this month on Netflix after it became the streaming service’s first acquisition in the UAE.Schneider produced with Peter Safran and Rami Yasin.

Lee and Schneider helped launch genre franchises including The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Grudge.

Besides The Worthy, Image Nation’s regional genre credits encompass Djinn, Majid Al Ansari’s debut feature Rattle The Cage (Zinzana).

Schneider
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Blumhouse and the risks of original genre filmmaking

Mark Harrison Mar 17, 2017

As Get Out arrives in UK cinemas off its hugely successful Us debut, we look at the growing hit factor that is Blumhouse...

This article contains spoilers for Split.

It feels as if the more expensive a film is, the fewer risks the studio will allow. There are perks to having a bigger budget, but often, a low budget either allows or forces filmmakers to be more creative. As tentpoles and franchise properties fill up the movie calendar, producer Jason Blum's company Blumhouse Productions has reintroduced a little risk into Hollywood with its tried-and-tested production model.

Blumhouse is primarily known for horror films, but they dabble in a number of different genres, producing independent films on budgets of no more than $10 million, and usually under $5m, and then distributing them through the studio system. They emerged with the massive success of the micro-budgeted Paranormal Activity series
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October Horrors Day 7 – The Bay (2012)

The Bay, 2012

Directed by Barry Levinson

Starring Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donahue and Frank Deal

Synopsis:

Presented in the style of a documentary, the film follows the events of a Fourth of July celebration gone wrong in the small fishing town of Claridge, Maryland, as the inhabitants, thanks to contaminated water, find their bodies playing host to a vicious, mutated parasite which threatens the survival of the whole town.

Let me say this early on, I’m not a big fan of the “found footage” sub-genre of horror films. I find the majority of them largely repetitive, boring, lacking in depth and too reliant on lazy jump scares.

Now are all of them bad? Of course not, for every ten shit “found footage” films, you get about one or two good ones.

The subject of today’s review, the gruesome eco-horror The Bay, is one of those good ones,
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Watch This: The Bay assembles “found footage” into a grand apocalyptic mosaic

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One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: In honor of the new sequel to the modern classic The Blair Witch Project, we look back at some of our favorite found-footage horror films.

The Bay (2012)

The problem with most found-footage horror films is that they offer the laziest possible solution to an age-old B-picture problem: how to pull off an impressively scary movie on a pauper’s budget. It’s easier to disguise bad writing, amateur acting, and cheap special effects when most of the dialogue is improvised, and when shoddy camerawork and clumsy exposition are baked into the premise. That’s what makes 2012’s The Bay all the more impressive. Director Barry Levinson and screenwriter Michael Wallach take advantage of the found-footage format to deliver a lot of information in ways that feel fresh and ...
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Spielberg's Bridge of Spies coming to Blu-ray/Digital HD February 2

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Here are the details on Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, coming to Blu-ray February 2!

Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed drama Bridge of Spies is coming to home video on February 2, 2016 in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack that features a number of special features that explore the making of the film and the real-life historical events upon which the film is based.

Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Also starring in the film are Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Rudolf Abel, Amy Ryan (Birdman, Goosebumps) as Mary Donovan, Sebastian Koch (TV’s “Homeland,” The Danish Girl) as Wolfgang Vogel, Alan Alda as Thomas Watters (The Aviator,
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Rock the Kasbah | Review

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Levinson’s Afghan Exploration Prizes Diversion

After a unique pit stop in found footage horror with 2012’s The Bay and an underrated Philip Roth adaptation in 2014 with The Humbling, Barry Levinson returns to his particular predilection for boundary pushing, politically topical subject matters in Rock the Kasbah. It’s a very loosely based version of the true account of Setara Hussainzada, a woman who sang on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” known as “Afghan Star,” even though it’s illegal for women to sing.

More along the lines of Levinson’s Man of the Year (2006) than Wag the Dog (1997), as scripted by Mitch Glazer (his first excursion since 2010’s appalling Passion Play), the title seems as woefully out-of-touch as it is unwarranted. Oddly unsympathetic, even as it depicts a subversive act of rebellion within a ruthlessly patriarchal and misogynistic culture,
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The 5 Keys to a Successful Found Footage Movie, According to Jason Blum

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There is arguably nobody who knows and understands found-footage horror movies better than producer Jason Blum, who has been involved with more hits in the last few years than most in Hollywood manage in a lifetime. Blum doesn't exclusively make found-footage movies (he also produced Oscar winner Whiplash), but he's certainly fond of them considering he produced Paranormal Activity, The Bay, Creep, Mockingbird, Area 51, and Unfriended, just to name a few. Blum's latest movie...

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Watch: Bill Murray Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride And More 'Rock The Kasbah' In New Trailer

  • The Playlist
Everybody loves Bill Murray, but even his immense charm couldn't save the disastrous reception to Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" earlier this year. There isn't much buzz around "Rock The Kasbah" at the moment either, but maybe this new trailer will turn things around? Read More: Interview: Barry Levinson Talks Going The Horror Route With Eco-Thriller 'The BayKate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed and Bruce Willis join Murray in Barry Levinson's latest film, apparently inspired by real events, about washed up music manager who discovers the next big thing in Kabul. Here's the official synopsis:  A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by.
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Emmy Breakout Kether Donohue on ‘You’re the Worst’ Breasts, Cocaine and Bad Romance: Watch Her #selfieinterview (Video)

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Emmy Breakout Kether Donohue on ‘You’re the Worst’ Breasts, Cocaine and Bad Romance: Watch Her #selfieinterview (Video)
A version of this story first appeared in the TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Comedy-Drama Issue. #selfieinterview produced in partnership with Verge. Kether Donohue, a fresh face and comic voice known for “Pitch Perfect” and “The Bay,” got a career boost when her FX show “You’re the Worst” got a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. TheWrap: What’s distinctive about “You’re the Worst?” Kether Donohue: It shows the darker sides of life that other romantic comedies do not. Stephen Falk, our creator and showrunner, is brilliant, and all of our writers push boundaries and aren
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'Rock the Kasbah' Trailer, Bill Murray's Character & the Movie's Director Have Something in Common

Open Road has premiered the first trailer for Rock the Kasbah, a new comedy starring Billy Murray as a washed-up music producer who finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. Along with Murray the film co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Taylor Kinney and Scott Caan. Here's the official plot synopsis: Rock the Kasbah is the story of Richie Lanz, a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar. The
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Chew on the Trailer for Oren Pelis Area 51

Oren Peli made a major mark on horror when his inspired found footage flick Paranormal Activity captured the hearts of genre fans worldwide in 2007. Over the last eight years the man has produced a number of chilling features including Chernobyl Diaries The Lords of Salem The Bay and Insidious Chapter 2 (not to mention all of the Paranormal Activity sequels) but hell make his long awaited return to the directors chair this year with another promising handycam feature Area 51.
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Prepare to Be Scared: Ghoul Delivers [Review]

You've definitely seen the set-up of Ghoul before but you've never seen it quite like this and what's better, you probably haven't seen it be this effective in years.

The last found footage movie that got us all excited around here was Barry Levinson's The Bay (review) and though Ghoul is a completely different beast, something about the trailer suggested that this would be better than the rest and indeed, it does not disappoint.

Co-written and directed by actor-turned-director Petr Jákl, Ghoul starts with the typical trope of kids with cameras going somewhere. In this case, we have a group of American documentary filmmakers who hea [Continued ...]
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Daytime Emmys Look For Alternatives As Soap Bubble Bursts

There are four network daytime dramas left. In a year, or two, or five, it’s conceivable there could be fewer; it’s unlikely there’ll be more.

The Daytime Emmy Awards depend heavily on the daytime dramas, both for the glamour of the actors on the red carpet and for the fervent loyalty of their fans. Without soaps, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) might still give out awards, but it would have a hard time attracting an audience to the kudocast itself, the 42nd edition of which takes place on April 26 (with the nominations announced March 26).

“To me it really depends on if there’s still going to be soap operas, because that’s the engine that drives it,” says Brad Adgate, senior vice president, research, at agency Horizon Media. “Otherwise, why bother? I don’t think they could lose another soap opera and keep the show going,
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Why the Found Footage Genre Is Broken (and How to Fix It)

  • Moviefone
This week, "Project Almanac" comes out in theaters nationwide. It's the tale of a group of teenagers who stumble upon a time machine and use it for their own personal gain. It harkens back to movies like "Back to the Future," with the potential hazards of messing with the space-time continuum revealed as the movie goes along. But the movie is filmed as though it is being recorded by one of the kids, in an aesthetic commonly referred to as "found footage." That's right, it's grainy and shaky and purposefully amateurish, and while the movie mostly works, it's still not enough to make you wish the movie was photographed and edited like an actual movie.

The found footage genre, exemplified by genre exercises like the "Paranormal Activity" series, has reached an impasse. Audiences are bored with it, and there's been barely any new spin on the aesthetic since 1999's groundbreaking "The Blair Witch Project.
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The Humbling | Review

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Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth

Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful
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Can you Survive? Preservation Trailer Debuts

Six years ago, an actor named Christopher Denham made a tight little “found footage” film called Home Movie. I picked it up on a whim at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear/Toronto Fan Expo since it wasn’t available in America at the time. I really dug it and while Denham hasn’t been quiet on his acting career – working in Argo, The Bay, a couple of episodes of The Following and Sound of My Voice. I was hoping to see his directorial follow-up a lot sooner. We got a trailer for his follow-up to Home Movie, Preservation. Yes, it looks like a little bit of a twist on a familiar plot stemmed from the short story The Most Dangerous Game but who cares. I’m always up for a survival tale. Check out the trailer & poster below.

Synopsis:

Preservation follows brothers Sean (Schreiber), a recently returned veteran, and
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The Bay (2012) Review

  • MoreHorror
Reviewed by Jesse Miller

When it comes to horror films, there are two particular subjects that really get under my skin and make me cringe in my seat. One of them is demonic possession and the other is horror films featuring foul and gruesome flesh eating of any kind and this just happens to be the main plot point in The Bay, which sees the population of a small Beachy town that comes into contact with a nasty parasite.

The story spins off into multiple threads as we follow characters ranging from a lovely little newswoman to the folks at the Cdc as the outbreak unfolds over the next couple of hours in horrific, stomach churning fashion.

The film is directed by Barry Levinson and it is quite exceptionally shot, taking the form of an explicit documentary that you might find late at night on Animal Planet but at the
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Watch: Trailer for 'The Humbling' Starring Al Pacino

Barry Levinson is back at Toronto after delivering the dull eco-horror-thriller The Bay back in 2012 (my review here), this time with Al Pacino in The Humbling based on Philip Roth's final novel. Today, after the film has already premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived ahead of its North American premiere here in Toronto. The film tells the story of a legendary stage actor (Pacino) who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest and Greta Gerwig co-star. Watch the trailer below, I'm currently looking to see this one on Friday. sb id="984729" height="360" width="640"
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