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IFC Midnight Ready to Haunt Us at Home

20 May 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Mac Carter's spookfest Haunt will be available on DVD via IFC Midnight and to usher it in we have the DVD artwork for you and all the details you need to steady your nerves for a terrifying trip into the Morello house.

From the Press Release

Years ago, Dr. Janet Morello (Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom) saw her entire family die in their house under tragic and gruesome circumstances. Now, wanting a change of scenery, she sells her home to the Asher family, including teenage son Evan (Harrison Gilbertson, Need for Speed). Evan is the only one suspicious about his family's supposed new dream house, and after striking up a friendship with his troubled neighbor Samantha (Liana Liberato, Free Ride), he discovers a way to communicate with the ghosts of the slaughtered Morello family. But soon Evan and Sam's morbid curiosity into the supernatural turns »

- Steve Barton

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Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Enter TV Producing With First-Look Deal At HBO

8 May 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: With their long-running vampire series coming to an end this summer, True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are staying in business with HBO. The duo’s production company Casm has signed a two-year, first-look deal with HBO to develop series, films and miniseries. That may include new starring vehicles for Paquin or Moyer as, in addition to producing, the pact includes options for the two to act and direct. This marks the first foray into television for Casm Films, which Paquin and Moyer launched in 2012 with producing partners Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin, who, like the True Blood duo, are  a married couple. The company so far had been focused on features, producing the 2013 indie Free Ride, which starred Paquin, with a number of projects in development. Those include Twinkle, to be directed by Howie Deutch and starring Moyer; Pink Hotel, based on the novel by »


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Free Ride: Drug-Running in Late-'70s Florida

6 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

A movie called Free Ride that invokes the old "gas, grass, or ass" mantra via voiceover narration pretty clearly wants viewers to consider the possibility that nothing comes easily, especially when said movie is about drug-running in late-'70s Florida.

But Shana Betz's autobiographical film, in which Anna Paquin stars as the writer-director's mother Christina, barely delves into the physical and emotional fallout of this heyday before walking it back with an epilogue that reveals (mild spoilers to follow) things didn't actually turn out so badly in the end.

Christina and her two daughters (one of whom would go on to make this movie) go from sleeping in their car to living in a house of their own mere weeks after the matriarch starts working for a powerful drug s »

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Poster Exclusive: We Smuggle in a First Look at Shana Betz’s “Free Ride”

6 January 2014 1:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s this coming Friday that we official begin to segue from final 2013 calender offerings (we’ve got several Best of Lists coming at you) and into the 2014 theatrical slate. Among the indie offerings being released this weekend, we have the true rags to riches to further complications drama that premiered at the Hamptons Int. Film Festival. Starring Anna Paquin, Drea de Matteo, Stephen Moyer and Cam Gigandet, Free Ride (which got picked up by Phase 4 Films in Cannes) will be released simultaneously on VOD with theatrical releases in NYC and Los Angeles. We’ve got your first look at the theatrical one-sheet featuring a fantasy mug shot of Paquin’s character.

Written and directed by Shana Betz, in search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Exclusive Free Ride Clip: Anna Paquin Walks Into A Bar

3 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's a bit disorienting to see Anna Paquin walk into a bar and not be surrounded by vampires and a shape-shifting boss, but this is not True Blood, it's Free Ride, and she's not Sookie, she's Christina, an enterprising young woman who enters the underground drug scene in Florida. Once she gains entry to the criminal world, she discovers, according to the official synopsis, that "dealing drugs at the height of South Florida's smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down." Shana Betz wrote and directed the film, based on her own real-life experiences. Drea de...

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