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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has rocked up on disc this week, taking you back to writer/director James Gunn’s wild dimension of space opera fused with an array of jukebox classics. Music plays a bigger role in this movie than most – composer Tyler Bates had to boldly go above and beyond for Marvel’s unique comic book franchise, as this revealing interview explains…
Thn: As with the first film, the soundtrack for Gotg Vol. 2 was composed before the shoot, which is an approach I’ve never heard of before. Where did the inspiration for this come from?
Tyler Bates: Well there was plenty of music in post production but over the years James Gunn and I have known each other. Our working relationship began on Slither and we’d discussed working in this fashion, more like Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. By the time we got »
- Steve Palace
The Simpsons has landed an icon in the world of horror (and film in general) to make a guest appearance on its upcoming 28th annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode. One of the three chapters of “Treehouse of Horror Xxviii” will see The Exorcist director/Academy Award winner William Friedkin returning to his horror roots for a chillingly funny voice role.
According to TV Line, Friedkin’s voice will be heard as a character named Dr. Kenneth Humphries during a segment entitled “Mmm… Homer,” in which Homer begins feeding on himself “after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.”
During its soon-to-be 29-season-long run, The Simpsons has poked fun at and paid homage to The Exorcist a few times, as they have with nearly every popular piece of entertainment. For example, in 2005’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode, Homer channeled his inner Linda Blair and spider-walked up his bedroom walls. »
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It appears Homer hasn’t learned a thing since he was transformed into a giant donut and had to hide from coffee-wielding cops several Treehouses ago. This time, he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away, and resorts to biting the four-fingered hands that feed him. According to TVline, he will be “cannibalising himself,” but they »
Could the McConaissance be meeting the Kingaissance with The Dark Tower?
Not only is the film the first in what could be a series of big-screen adaptations based on fantasy writer Stephen King’s eight-book "The Dark Tower" series, which the author himself referred to as his magnum opus (or masterwork), it’s coming out just a month before another anticipated movie based on one of King’s favourites, It.
If both productions live up to expectations, it will be good news for King’s screen legacy, which has long been in need of an upgrade. The Dark Tower, luckily, co-stars the reigning master of Hollywood image rebuilding, Matthew McConaughey, as the piece’s main supernatural villain known as the Man in Black. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
While we’ll likely never see (an admittedly amazing-sounding) third season of The Knick, Steven Soderbergh now has more time on his hands, which means not only are we getting the higher-profile heist comedy Logan Lucky in just under a month, but the director also found time to direct another feature under the radar.
The Magic Mike director went ahead and finished production on a new film titled Unsane, starring Claire Foy (The Crown) and Juno Temple (Killer Joe), The Tracking Board reports. One to always be experimenting with new technology and production methods, while not much is known about the project, Soderbergh did shoot the entire film on an iPhone, a process that Sean Baker has proven can be quite beautiful.
As far as a minor hint of what to expect, the director did chime on Reddit recently that he was considering returning to a subject he captured in »
- Jordan Raup
The Autopsy of Jane Doe, 2016.
Directed by André Øvredal.
A family coroner business experiences some strange goings-on when a mysterious corpse is brought in for examination.
Having done the rounds on the festival circuit last year, The Autopsy of Jane Doe finally hits DVD and Blu-ray and in a year that has brought us a few horror titles – The Void, Beyond the Gates and The Love Witch to name but three – that have looked back to days gone by for inspiration it seems that the trend shows no sign of stopping. In fact, it looks to be getting stronger as The Autopsy of Jane Doe hits a few familiar beats in the right kind of way (i.e. without feeling hackneyed) and also sets up a strong story with two outstanding lead performances.
- Amie Cranswick
CuffLink Productions has hired Bobby Moresco, who co-wrote Paul Haggis’s 2004 Oscar winner “Crash,” to pen a script based on the history of Irish criminal dominance in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. The story revolves around the rise and fall of the “Westies Gang” and the end of a century of violence on New York’s west side.
Ed Cuffe and Tierney Boorboor, of CuffLink Productions, will serve as producers. Michael Reuten and Joseph Isgro (“Hoffa”) are executive producers and Michael Mandaville of the “Taken” franchise is line producer.
Moresco, who grew up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, brings a unique understanding of the neighborhood’s history and the families that comprised this tight knit, and often violent, community.
“This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a very long time and I’m thrilled that now is that time,” says Moresco.
Adds Cuffe, »
- Malina Saval
Things have been pretty quiet from “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin lately, and six years have passed since his nasty, underrated “Killer Joe.” A slew of projects have been lined up during that time — “The Winter Of Frankie Machine,” a TV series based on “To Live And Die In L.A.,” a TV series based on “Killer Joe,” and a Mae West biopic starring Bette Midler — but nothing has come to pass.
Continue reading William Friedkin Returns To Exorcism With Documentary ‘The Devil And Father Amorth’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s been over 43 years since “The Exorcist” first frightened theatergoers and Oscar voters alike, yet director William Friedkin is still taken by the subject. So much so, that he’s filmed a documentary about a real-life exorcism, entitled “The Devil and Father Amorth.”
Ld Entertainment announced Friday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the doc.
‘The Exorcist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
The feature follows Father Gabriele Amorth as he performs his ninth exorcism on a woman from Italy whose behavioral changes cannot be helped by psychiatry. Friedkin’s project will also compare 2017’s modern exorcism techniques to those illustrated in the 1973 original film.
“I’ve never stopped being fascinated by the nature of good and evil, and the possibility of demonic possession,” said Friedkin in a statement. “The opportunity for me to witness and film an actual exorcism came about, more than four decades after I made ‘The Exorcist, »
- JD Knapp
William Friedkin documentary chronicles actual exorcism.
The documentary explores how Friedkin’s 1973 classic The Exorcist compares to an actual exorcism.
In the more than 40 years since the release of his acclaimed horror film, Friedkin was fascinated how close he came to reality in the depiction of events in his film.
The filmmaker received permission to attend and film Father Gabriele Amorth’s ninth exorcism on an Italian woman who had been experiencing troubling fits. The documentary is in post.
“I’ve never stopped being fascinated by the nature of good and evil, and the possibility of demonic possession,” Friedkin said. “The opportunity for me to witness and film an actual exorcism came about, more than four decades after I made The Exorcist, completely by accident.”
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The surprise hit and critically acclaimed thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut as a Walmart exclusive on May 2nd, 2017 from Scream Factory, and will be available everywhere June 27th, 2017.
From The Press Release
Winner of Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest 2016, the ominous thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut as a Walmart exclusive on May 2nd, 2017, from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. The Blu-ray + DVD Combo will be available everywhere June 27th, 2017. This taut, suspenseful film features strong performances from Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox, and has been a hit with critics and audiences alike.
It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox, Trick ’r Treat, Zodiac) and son (Emile Hirsch, Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse arrives. »
If you've already seen The Autopsy of Jane Doe, you might think of it on stormy nights or whenever you hear the dinging of a bell, and soon you can add the latest film from André Øvredal to your home media collection, as Scream Factory will release The Autopsy of Jane Doe on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe Blu-ray / DVD combo pack will be available in the Us as a Walmart exclusive starting May 2nd, with its wide Blu-ray / DVD release coming later this summer on June 27th. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, you can check out the official press release and cover art below.
Press Release: Winner of Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest 2016, the ominous thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe makes its »
- Derek Anderson
A workplace turns into a war zone this weekend with the release of Bh Tilt and Orion Pictures' The Belko Experiment. Accompanying the carnage on screen is composer Tyler Bates' ominous, epic score, and to give your earbuds an idea of what to expect, Daily Dead has been provided the special treat of premiering the "Molotov Cocktails" track from the official score for The Belko Experiment.
The soundtrack for The Belko Experiment will be released on CD and digital platforms by Lakeshore Records on March 17th. For more information, we have the official press release and exclusive soundtrack excerpt below, and to learn more about Tyler Bates, visit:
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- Derek Anderson
James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle” is currently in limited release, and it isn’t the only thing directed by the multi-multi-hyphenate you can watch right now. Franco has also directed the video for “Girls on T.V.,” the lead single from Tashaki Miyaki’s debut album “The Dream.” Watch it below.
Juno Temple (“Black Mass,” “Killer Joe,” “Maleficent”) stars in the video; Franco describes her role as “an innocent soul seeing Hollywood for the first time” in a statement. Full of words superimposed on the screen in neon letters, the video finds Temple’s cowboy hat–wearing newcomer strolling through Hollywood on a dark, dreamy night. The director lists “Midnight Cowboy,” “Fallen Angels” and Robert Redford’s “Electric Horseman” as influences on his latest endeavor.
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- Michael Nordine
"Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Tracy Letts" isn't the kind of credit you expect to see when you're settling in to watch a network multicamera sitcom, and it also raises certain expectations that CBS' Superior Donuts isn't quite prepared to meet. There isn't much of the August: Osage County and Killer Joe writer's DNA in the new series, but after three episodes I'm prepared to say that there's potential here, or at least a relative amount of potential compared to CBS' other 2016-17 multicam comedies.
Adapted from the stage to the soundstage by Bob Daily, Neil »
- Daniel Fienberg
Author: Scott Davis
A couple of years ago, a cinematic event happened so wondrous, so monumental that you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about it. That event was The McConaissance, the return from rom-com and failed blockbuster obscurity of Texas’ finest Matthew McConaughey. Freed from the shackles of getting his shirt off and romancing some of Hollywood’s finest actresses, McConaughey excelled in Mud, Killer Joe, True Detective and his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club.
But since that celebratory evening, the actor has found his subsequent projects fall a little short (Free State of Jones and The Sea of Trees flopped), but it’s with great relish (and relief) then to say that Gold is his return to top form – and the realms of “method” – with a superb performance that is one of the best of the year.
McConaughey plays Kenny Wells, a down-on-his-luck prospector/businessmen who is »
- Scott Davis
Matthew McConaughey earned countless fans for his iconic first role in the comedy Dazed and Confused and later won the hearts of rom-com fans with movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. But he wasn’t satisfied.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 47-year-old Oscar-winning actor opened up about his decision to take on more serious roles. And after the release of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in 2009 — and getting the “okay” from wife Camila Alves, he was ready to start fresh.
“My agent did a good job saying no, no, no,” he said of turning down other rom-com scripts. »
- Blake Bakkila
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