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How Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill Are Revolutionizing American Comedy and Beyond

How Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill Are Revolutionizing American Comedy and Beyond
Audiences may not realize it, but Rough House Pictures has been a pivotal force in American filmmaking over the past decade.

People know Danny McBride as the snarky, self-aggrandizing star of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals,” shows he created with fellow North Carolina School of the Arts alumni Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. But while McBride’s is the most public face, all three men have become influential figures in the film industry.

Green and McBride are writing the Blumhouse reboot of “Halloween,” while Hill is finishing his third film, a comedy starring Josh Brolin. Green has oscillated from the quiet, Southern gothic tales of “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls” to boisterous comedies like “Pineapple Express.” Hill’s debut, “Foot Fist Way,” got the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who launched Hill’s TV career and gave him the momentum to direct his first studio film,
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‘Uncle Kent 2’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Read a Chapter From The Novelization Based On The Acclaimed Film

‘Uncle Kent 2’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Read a Chapter From The Novelization Based On The Acclaimed Film
Last year, Todd Rohal’s “Uncle Kent 2” premiered at SXSW to positive reviews, with IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn calling it “the craziest movie sequel ever.” A follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 film “Uncle Kent,” a portrait of indie actor and animator Kent Osborne, “Uncle Kent 2” follows Osborne’s quest to come up with a sequel to “Uncle Kent” by traveling to a comic book convention and confronting the end of the world.

Read More: SXSW Review: ‘Uncle Kent 2’ is the Craziest Movie Sequel Ever

Now, Factory 25 has released a novelization of the book by L.P. Eaves. Check out an exclusive excerpt from the book below featuring Uncle Kent’s visit to a doctor to discuss earworms.

Todd Rohal has previously directed the “P is for Scary” segment in “ABCs of Death 2,” and the comedies “Nature Calls,” “The Catechism Cataclysm,” and “The Guatemalan Handshake.” Meanwhile,
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Watch: Solve the Anti-Mystery of 'The Missing Girl' in Exclusive Tiff Trailer

Watch: Solve the Anti-Mystery of 'The Missing Girl' in Exclusive Tiff Trailer
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Midnight Madness and Vanguard Slate, Including 'Love,' 'Hardcore' and 'Green Room' Robert Longstreet, known for starring in "The Catechism Cataclysm" and being featured in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Take Shelter." embodies the loneliness of a late bloomer in "The Missing Girl." The synopsis reads: "'The Missing Girl' tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he's hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it's never too late for late bloomers." The film also stars Alexia Rasmussen, Eric Laden, Thomas Jay Ryan, Shirley Knight, Kevin Corrigan and Sonja Sohn. "The Missing Girl" will have its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the Vanguard section. The festival runs from...
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Kent Osborne Explains the Crazy Logic Behind 'Uncle Kent 2' and the 'Adventure Time' Connection

Kent Osborne Explains the Crazy Logic Behind 'Uncle Kent 2' and the 'Adventure Time' Connection
Read More: 'Uncle Kent 2' is the Craziest Movie Sequel Ever "Uncle Kent," Joe Swanberg's lighthearted 2011 portrait of Los Angeles-based animator Kent Osborne, wasn't exactly screaming for a sequel. But "Uncle Kent 2," which screens in New York at BAMCinemaFest on Saturday following its premiere at SXSW in May, isn't your average sequel. The bizarre project is directed by Todd Rohal, whose loopy "The Catechism Cataclysm" and "The Guatemalan Handshake" display a penchant for surreal, sometimes disorienting humor and baffling sight gags. "Uncle Kent 2," which Osborne wrote, follows suit, while also mocking the idea of sequels and playing with its lead character's creative block. The movie opens — in a segment directed by Swanberg — with Osborn himself pitching the premise for the sequel. The ensuing odyssey finds Osborn coping with a hilariously annoying song stuck in his head, an unsettling journey to Comic Con and possibly the end.
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SXSW Exclusive: Follow The Finger In This Hilarious Clip From Todd Rohal's 'Uncle Kent 2'

We live in an era of sequels and franchises, but even we have to admit that we never expectedJoe Swanberg's little 2011 indie flick, "Uncle Kent," would ever get a followup. While it has, don't expect anything straightforward from director Todd Rohal ("The Catechism Cataclysm," "The Guatamelan Handshake"), who takes the reins from Swanberg and leads the narrative into wild, unexpected places. Kent Osborne returns from the first film, playing himself, as he pitches Swanberg on an idea for a sequel for "Uncle Kent." The director turns it down and Osborne soon tumbles into a surreal journey of his own mad mind. In this exclusive clip, a doctor, played by Steve Little, tries to help with his own curious, hilarious examination. And if you like this scene, check out Eric Kohn's review at Indiewire, where he calls it "a defiantly unconventional crowdpleaser." Check the schedule — "Uncle Kent 2" has two more screenings at.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Uncle Kent 2’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Uncle Kent 2’
An unthinkably self-indulgent sequel whose primary comic conceit is that it’s an unthinkably self-indulgent sequel, “Uncle Kent 2″ — or “Uncle Kent 2!” onscreen — is such an inside joke that it’s difficult to imagine an audience for it beyond an enabling circle of friends. The grating solipsism is, of course, central to the ostensible humor of Todd Rohal’s slapdash sci-fi comedy, a follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie that finds Kent Osborne (who is credited as the writer and stars as a version of himself) facing an imminent apocalypse at a San Diego comic convention. While “Uncle Kent 2″ ekes out a few funny moments over its brief running time, the movie is far less formally accomplished than Richard Kelly’s similar end-of-the-world chronicles — or even the guerrilla Disney World/Disneyland production “Escape From Tomorrow,” which it sometimes recalls. A bow at SXSW, whose attendees might have a higher-than-average fluency with the Swanberg-verse,
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The Spirits Have Been Exorcised; Carson Mell’s “Another Evil” Now in Post-Prod

Principle photography on Another Evil, Carson Mell’s supernatural comedy debut is now complete. Starring Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Dan Bakkedahl and Steve Little of Todd Rohal’s The Catechism Cataclysm fame, Mell, a three-time Sundance Film Festival alumni thanks to a trio of wacko shorts (see below) shot his feature film debut in Arizona this November. Memory’s Riel Roch Decter (The Wait) and Sebastian Pardo (Palo Alto) produced the film.

Gist: After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan (Zissis) a modern artist and his wife Mary (Irwin) hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os (Proksch) to get rid of the beings…turns out something does need to be exorcised but it’s not the spirits.

Worth Noting: Mell’s in the works Ajax (about a band of alcoholic men adrift in outer space become at odds with one another after taking
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Exclusive: Trailer For Brandon Colvin's Drama 'Sabbatical' With Robert Longstreet, Thomas Jay Ryan & Drama

With one feature under his belt, filmmaker Brandon Colvin is taking another big step forward with his next feature "Sabbatical." Boasting some big names in the cast, including Robert Longstreet ("Thou Wast Mild And Lovely," "The Catechism Cataclysm") and Thomas Jay Ryan (Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" trilogy), the director is putting forth a very distinct aesthetic, and today we have the exclusive trailer for the film. Also featuring Rhoda Griffis, Kentucker Audley, Rebecca Koon, and Frank Mosley, "Sabbatical" centers on Ben, who returns home to care for his ill mother and to work on a new book. However, he soon finds his relationships with his mother, his brother, his ex-wife, and his high school pal tested, and he'll have to decide whether or not engage or abandon those responsibilities. "Sabbatical" will screen at the New Orleans Film Festival in October. Check out the trailer below.
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The ABCs of Death 2 Trailer - Now in New Green Band Flavor!

The ABCs of Death 2 will be making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing on October 2nd with a theatrical run set for October 31st. That being said a new work friendly green band trailer has come our way and it's fit for mass consumption. Dig it!

The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves); Splice and
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The ABCs of Death 2 Gets an Insane Red Band Trailer

The ABCs of Death 2 will be making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing on October 2nd with a theatrical run set for October 31st. Right now we have a new red band trailer for you cats to dig on that is brimming with the good stuff!

The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves); Splice and
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17 Things I Learned From Working on Other People’s Films

It’s a pretty rare thing that a director has the opportunity to watch other directors at work. As a crew-member, I had a front row seat to almost every aspect of the job, pre-production through post. I never worked on a film that didn’t teach me something—whether it fell in the “to emulate” or “to avoid at all costs” column. These lessons helped me direct actors, assemble good crews, communicate effectively, have realistic expectations, and generally feel at home on a film set.

A little about me: In the past four years, I have directed three features (The Off Hours, Eden and Lucky Them) and been a co-, exec-, consulting, or straight-up producer on four others (The Catechism Cataclysm, Your Sister’s Sister, Koinonia and The Greens Are Gone). This recent uptick in creative productivity comes after a decade spent working below the line—first as a director of photography,
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ABCs of Death 2 unleashing in October

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The ABCs of Death 2 is coming to VOD through Magnet Releasing on October 2nd and will hit theaters on October 31st. Just what one needs after a night of tricks and treats.

About The ABCs of Death 2

The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves); Splice and Cube's Vincenzo Natali
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‘The ABCs of Death 2′ has a release date

Image from The ABC’s of Death 2. Chapter directed by Erik Matti

The ABCs of Death 2 now officially has a release date and it is just in time for Halloween. The film will be released by Magnet and Drafthouse Films on VOD on October 2nd and a limited theatrical run a few weeks later on the 31st .

The sequel is a follow-up to 2012’s horror anthology The ABCs of Death and, like its predecessor, will contain 26 short horror films by some of the genre’s greatest minds. As expected with so many shorts, the original was a bit of a mixed bag. There were certainly some incredible shorts like D is for Dogfight directed by Marcel Sarmiento, T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle, U is for Unearthed by Ben Wheatley, X is for Xxl by Xavier Gens, and the disgusting L is for Libido by Timo Tjahjanto. There
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The ABCs of Death 2 Recited in October

The ABCs of Death 2 will be making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing on October 2nd with a theatrical run set for October 31st. I mean, what better day could there be to go see a horror movie in a theatre?!?

The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves); Splice and Cube's Vincenzo Natali; indie
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Pictures from The ABCs of Death 2 – including Nsfw image pulled from Facebook

Released later this year, The Abcs of Death 2 has some new images from the 26 short movies, including one that was pulled from their official Facebook page last night for being too graphic.

The segment in question is directed by American Mary‘s Jen and Sylvia Soska. The image was removed from Facebook (for good reason) and certainly gives an indication that we might be getting some very uneasy viewing for male audiences.

The ABCs of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher
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Nsfw Image from The ABCs of Death 2 So Graphic It Was Pulled from Facebook!

Making a name for themselves with Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary, twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska make their anthology debut with The ABCs of Death 2, contributing a short film to the madness.

Though we don't yet have any idea what their entry will be about, we can be pretty damn sure it's going to be a hard one for male audiences to endure, as this just released behind-the-scenes shot leads us to believe. You have been warned, men!!

Check out the Nsfw image below, which was pulled from The ABCs of Death 2 Facebook page for being too gruesome for mass consumption!

Magnet is planning to release the film later this year. The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic,
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Exclusive Stills: The ABCs of Death 2

A pair of exclusive stills have come our way to offer up to you cats who are eagerly anticipating the release of The ABCs of Death 2. So check 'em out right here, and keep your eyes open for more... lest they be sewn shut! Dig 'em!

Magnet is planning to release the film later this year. The ABCs Of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

The ABCs Of Death 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Room 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (On The Job, Magic Temple); Lithuania
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ABC's of Death 2 Announces 26th Director Competition Winner

ABC's of Death 2 Announces 26th Director Competition Winner
Back in August, Magnet Releasing announced the full directorial lineup for ABCs of Death 2, with the lone exception of one amateur filmmaker who would win a spot in this horror anthology. Today, the studio announced the winner of their 26th Director Competition, Robert Boocheck, for his film "M is for Masticate." Take a look at the award-winning submission below, and read on for more details about this upcoming sequel.

In a significant departure from the first installment, ABCs of Death 2 is expanding beyond horror directors. Joining the sequel's roster are Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm); Canada's king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (Manborg); Cuba's Alejandro Brugu&#233s (Juan of the Dead); acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (Henge); and Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (Skinfections).

Previously confirmed filmmakers include Goya Award winner &#193lex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus,
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M Is for Masticate Wins The ABCs of Death 2 Challenge; Watch Now!

From mid-August through October, a contest was held to find the 26th director of The ABCs of Death 2, all entrants tasked with making short films centered around a word beginning with the letter "M." Today a winner has been chosen.

Read all about it below, and watch the winning entry underneath the dreaded wall of text!

From the Press Release

Producers Ant Timpson, Tim League, and Magnet Releasing have announced the winner of The ABCs Of Death 2’s “Search for the 26th Director” – Robert Boocheck’s riotous M Is For Masticate.

The original ABCs Of Death, comprised of 26 alphabet-themed ways to die from the biggest names in horror, invited filmmakers from around the world to submit their own T-themed deaths – with one exceptional entry being chosen to appear in the final film. The tradition of selecting the 26th Director proudly continued in the 2014 sequel, this time using the letter “M.
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Full 'ABCs of Death 2' Director List Revealed + 26th Director Contest

Earlier this summer, most of the directors for the horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2 were revealed, including great names like Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton and Jerome Sable. Now the full roster has been filled out, but this time not all the directors are from the horror genre. Some of the new names include Julian Barratt of the British comedy series "The Mighty Boosh" and Todd Rohal who directed the Sundance selected indie The Catechism Cataclysm. In addition, producers are bringing back the contest for amateur filmmakers to become the 26th director in the long list of filmmakers on board this horror sequel. Here's the press release announcing the new directors along with the previously announced list: In a significant departure from the first installment, ABCs Of Death 2 is expanding beyond horror directors. Joining the sequel’s roster are Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Todd Rohal (The Catechism
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