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‘Rivers of London: Cry Fox #2′ Review

Written by Andrew Cartmel, Ben Aaronovitch | Art by Lee Sullivan | Published by Titan Comics

Last issue saw the beginning of a new story arc, Cry Fox, which although it did feature a fox of sorts had absolutely no crying. It did , though, have a whole heap of other stuff that directly led back to a previous storyline. That storyline was Night Witches, and the threats now being levelled against Varvara, the Russian witch who helped Peter and Inspector Nightingale solve that case. Enter Reynard Fossman, the odd fox/human hybrid who rather fancies picking up that reward money on Varvara. Also enter Abigail, Peter’s 15 year old cousin, who has started her training as a magic apprentice. Abigail is no match for the cunning of a fox, and finds herself and Anna, the Russian girl she unwittingly led to Fossman, captured.

Anna of course being the daughter of Ludmila Yakunima,
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‘Marvel’s Inhumans': First Trailer Reveals the Royal Family of ABC’s New Series

At last, we have some new footage of Marvel's Inhumans, whereas before we just had one suspicious photo with a bad wig (and this voice-only teaser). ABC has released the new trailer for their superhero series, which has finally revealed more of the highly-anticipated show about the Royal Family of the Inhumans who end up living in Hawai'i. Lucky them! In addition to this tease, ABC also made the out announcement that Inhumans -- despite premiering in IMAX theaters -- will be airing on Friday nights, and paired with Once Upon a Time. That's an odd choice. …
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Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church Book Indie Comedy ‘Shriver’

Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church Book Indie Comedy ‘Shriver’
Exclusive: Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, who last worked together in 2014 on Lucky Them, are reuniting on another project, the indie comedy Shriver which has a delightful premise. Shriver, a depressed often inebriated loner (Church), is mistaken for a renowned but reclusive author with whom he shares a name. He suddenly finds himself the subject of adulation and the center of attention at a writers conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book written…
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Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale to Star in Family Drama ‘Sadie’ (Exclusive)

Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale to Star in Family Drama ‘Sadie’ (Exclusive)
Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale, John Gallagher, Jr., and newcomer Sophia Mitri Schloss are starring in the independent family drama “Sadie,” which has wrapped production in Seattle.

Megan Griffiths directed “Sadie” from her own script. Producer Lacey Leavitt (“The Off Hours”) developed the movie at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab, as well as the Ifp No Borders Conference and Rotterdam Co-Production Lab. Jennessa West (“Lane 1974”) joined the project as a producer in 2016. Eliza Flug-Shelden exec produced.

Schloss stars as a 13-year-old girl who lives at home with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. She’s extremely attached to her father despite his prolonged absence, and when her mother begins dating a new man, she takes extreme measures to end the relationship and safeguard her family through war tactics.


Tribeca: Netflix Buys ‘Little Boxes’ Starring Melanie Lynskey (Exclusive)

Griffiths’ directing credits include “The Off Hours,
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from If There’S A Hell Below

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Abe will do almost anything to break a big story that could propel his journalism career to the next level, but even he's wary of his enigmatic contact's demands in our exclusive clip from If There's a Hell Below, coming out on Digital HD and DVD on December 6th from Dark Sky Films.

Below, we have our exclusive clip and a press release with full details on the film. Check back tomorrow for our Q&A with If There's a Hell Below writer/director Nathan Williams.

Press Release: Deception, lies and secret encounters fuel the gripping paranoid thriller If There's A Hell Below, about a fateful meeting between a journalist and a whistleblower. The powerful debut by director Nathan Williams comes to Digital HD and DVD on December 6, 2016.

Abe is an ambitious young journalist at an independent Chicago weekly. He has a lead on a story that could make his career.
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Horror Highlights: Eerie, Indiana Shirts, Trailers for It Watches and If There’S A Hell Below

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Fright Rags travels to a place that is deceptively "so wholesome, so squeaky clean you could only find it on TV" with their new collection of shirts based on the cult ’90s series Eerie, Indiana. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a look at trailers and release details for Dave Parker's It Watches and Nathan Williams' If There's a Hell Below.

Eerie, Indiana Shirts from Fright Rags: Press Release: "Despite only airing for a single season, Eerie, Indiana made an impact on a generation who grew up in the '90s. Alongside shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, it served as a gateway into the horror genre for many kids. Journey back to the center of weirdness with Fright-Rags' Eerie, Indiana collection.

Artist Matt Ryan Tobin created three designs: "Eerie, Indiana" features the familiar town sign that greeted viewers at the top of
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10 WWE Wrestlers Most Likely To Be Released In 2016

With ratings falling to an alarming level, major changes are going be made in WWE if they want to turn things around in 2016. New wrestlers will have to be signed, Nxt wrestlers will called up, and some veterans are going to have to go. It’s an unfortunate fact of wrestling life, but when Vince McMahon thinks that someone isn’t earning their keep, they’re not long for the main roster.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a big house cleaning in WWE, but with ratings rapidly falling, the boss is going to look for someone to blame. He’s certainly not going to blame himself, or his daughter, or his son-in-law, which basically leaves the wrestlers to have to find a new place of employment. Lucky them.

Right now there’s quite a few men and women who haven’t done anything
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What Does it Take to Be a Successful Woman in Film?

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What Does it Take to Be a Successful Woman in Film?
The Portland Film Festival has partnered with the local chapter of Women in Film and the global event #directedbyWomen, the 15-day worldwide film viewing party highlighting female directors and their work from September 1-15. The third annual Portland Film Festival, which runs from September 1-7, showcased some of the films from #directedbywomen, including Heather de Michele's "As Good As You," Dana Nachman's "Batkid Begins," Lauren Shaw's "Angkor's Children" and Gabrielle Demeestere's "Yosemite." Local Portland producer Lara Cuddy has three films in the festival, including opening night film "Birds of Neptune," directed by Steven Richter. Cuddy was represented on the Women in Film panel at the festival, which also included veteran screenwriter Leslie Dixon ("Freaky Friday," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Limitless"), director Megan Griffiths ("Lucky Them," "Eden," "The Off...
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Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow causes controversy with comments on gender imbalance in Hollywood

It seems that Jurassic World – and future Star Wars: Episode IX – helmer Colin Trevorrow has caused a bit of controversy on Twitter with his comments about gender imbalance with regards to the opportunities afford to both male and female directors in Hollywood.

Asked about the criticism that studios are offering untested male directors huge opportunities with big budget blockbusters but not female filmmakers, Trevorrow responded that:

“Obviously it’s very lopsided, and hopefully it’s going to change as time goes on. But it hurts my feelings when I’m used as an example of white, male privilege. I know many of the female filmmakers who are being referred to in these articles. These women are being offered these kinds of movies, but they’re choosing not to make them. I think it makes [female directors] seem like victims to suggest that they’re not getting the opportunities and not artists who
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Lou Diamond Phillips to Play Serial Killer Richard Ramirez in New Movie (Exclusive)

Lou Diamond Phillips to Play Serial Killer Richard Ramirez in New Movie (Exclusive)
Lou Diamond Phillips has signed on to star in thriller “The Night Stalker,” with production slated to begin this summer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Phillips will take on the role of serial killer Richard Ramirez, dubbed “the Night Stalker” by the Los Angeles press during his 1985 killing spree. The film incorporates Ramirez’s history of violence into a fictional narrative centering on a prison interview between the aging killer and a lawyer attempting to elicit a confession from Ramirez that will save another man from death row.

Ramirez, an avowed Satanist, was convicted of 13 murders and never expressed any remorse. He died on death row in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma.

Megan Griffiths is directing from her own script. Producers are Alisa Tager (“Enemy at the Gates”) and Matthew R. Brady (“Grassroots”) through his Mrb Productions shingle.

“I grew up in Southern California and spent the summer of 1985 in the shadow of Ramirez,
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"Lucky" For The Producers That Toni Collette Was Around

The protagonist of Lucky Them, music critic Ellie Klug, is one of those all-too-rare female antiheroes who makes the kinds of chronic mistakes traditionally associated with men in the movies: she drinks too much, sleeps around (and with members of the opposite sex who are often much younger than she is), and is on the verge of getting fired from her job. It’s almost weirdly empowering to see a woman onscreen who so unabashedly embraces being a screw-up. You could argue that much of her borderline destructive behavior is filling the void left by the disappearance of Matthew Smith, indie music icon and love of her life, but Ellie manages to come across as far more complicated than that--probably because she is played by Toni Collette, who instantly brings an extra layer of human complexity to every role she takes on. Here, she takes the stereotypically “unlikable” character of
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Mystery surrounds An Open Secret by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-11-08 13:41:03

Amy Berg speaks at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Amy Berg's An Open Secret may still have its world premiere at Doc NYC on November 14 pending further notice from the production company.

Berg, in support of her debut feature film Every Secret Thing which stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker, appeared with directors Aaron Katz (Land Ho!); Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them); Adam Rapp (Loitering With Intent) and Stephen Belber (Match) with moderator Mark Adams for a Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel in April. She spoke about the cooperation between Laura Lippman, the author, and her producer Frances McDormand.

Director Amy Berg Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At this point, An Open Secret remains an unopened secret due to the fact that the scheduled press screening was cancelled earlier this week and the divide between Berg and Esponda Productions.

"Doc NYC regrets
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/Filmcast Ep. 284 – Jodorowsky’s Dune (Guest: Megan Griffiths, Director of Lucky Them)

/Filmcast Ep. 284 – Jodorowsky’s Dune (Guest: Megan Griffiths, Director of Lucky Them)
David, Devindra, and Jeff get disappointed by Locke, and Lucy, but are pleasantly surprised by The One I Love and Gunmen. Plus, the /Filmcast shares their favorite Robin Williams’ films. Special guest Megan Griffiths joins us for this episode. Be sure to rent Megan’s newest film, Lucky Them, on iTunes or Amazon. You can also see Eden on Netflix. In addition, listen to Marc […]

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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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Tangerine pacts for Keep The Change

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Tangerine pacts for Keep The Change
Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell will work wiht Summer Shelton to produce Keep The Change.

Tangerine Entertainment’s Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell are joining with Summer Shelton to produce writer/director Rachel Israel’s autistic love story, Keep The Change.

Israel builds on her Columbia thesis short film of the same name for her feature directorial debut. Newcomers Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon (pictured) play the lead roles.

The story follows an upper-class charming man who is a high-functioning austistic man who falls in love with a sheltered young autistic woman he meets at a support group.

“I want to portray these magnificent characters in all of their flawed humanity, not a sanitized version of people with disabilities. Identity, classism and sexual prejudices are important and truthful issues we explore in this world,” said Israel. “I am thrilled to have a passionate producing team that shares that vision.”

Hubbell added, “We were already
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Is Seattle Really the ‘Actors’ Paradise’?

If the Seattle film scene burst into the national consciousness in 2009 with Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” it’s the rest of the vibrant community that has given it longevity. “One filmmaker coming out of Seattle is like, ‘Oh look!’ ” says Alycia Delmore, a Seattle actor who starred in “Humpday.” “But now that it’s more people and it’s this heavy base of female directors and producers, I think that now we’re a community as opposed to a band of people who work with Lynn Shelton.” Among them are director Megan Griffiths (“The Off Hours”)—recently represented at Tribeca Film Festival with “Lucky Them,” starring Toni Collette—and producer Mel Eslyn, who continues to advocate for Seattle even as she finds success elsewhere, most recently with the festival circuit favorite “The One I Love,” starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. “The heart of it comes from a personal preference,
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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film) Fans Must Read: Watch to Watch on VOD, Top Indies on iTunes and More

1. Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde, one of the four convicted Pirate Bay co-founders, has been arrested in Sweden for his involvement in the pirating web site, Variety reports, noting that the co-founders, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrom, served their sentences while another co-founder, Fredrik Neij, has yet to be arrested. Yes, that means the pirate is still at bay. 2. Top Indies on iTunes: Each Monday, we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, the day-and-date release "Lucky Them," starring Toni Collette, joins the list in the No. 3 spot, followed by "The Colony," the sci-fi film starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Spike Jonze's offbeat romance "Her," continues to perform, along with Oscar-winning mainstays "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club. See the full list here. 3. Watch to Watch on VOD in June: There are a
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Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'Lucky Them,' Starring Toni Collette, Hits the List

Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'Lucky Them,' Starring Toni Collette, Hits the List
Each Monday, we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, the day-and-date release "Lucky Them," starring Toni Collette, joins the list in the #3 spot, followed by "The Colony," the sci-fi film starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Spike Jonze's offbeat romance "Her," continues to perform, along with Oscar-winning mainstays "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club." "Her" also holds the #6 spot in the overall  iTunes Movies store. "All is Lost" returns to the list (in the #1 spot) as a 99 cent "Movie of the Week" and is joined by another 99 cent rental, the documentary "Murph: The Protector." Read More: Why Oscar Nominee Toni Collette Doesn't Consider Herself a Movie Star The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. All is Lost (Roadside Attractions, $6,263,670) 2. Her (Warner Bros., $25,568,251) 3....
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The Inaugural Greenwich International Film Festival Will Debut in Summer 2015

This first-ever Greenwich International Film Festival (Giff) is coming next June and will showcase over 25 films, world premieres, parties and an award ceremony. Created by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes, the Connecticut festival will use its downtown areas to show the best in film. Although the lineup has yet to be announced, Giff will have exciting events that will take place throughout the year, including a screening of Emily Wachtel’s comedy film "Lucky Them," directed by Megan Griffiths. A Q&A with the filmmakers will be held on June 16th at Avon Theatre in Stamford, Ct. “The possibilities for the Greenwich International Film Festival are limitless," said Founders Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer and Wendy Stapleton Reyes. "It is our goal that the Festival will build a reputation for the caliber of films we showcase and the unique charitable aspect that we will bring to the forefront each year.
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Why Oscar Nominee Toni Collette Doesn't Consider Herself To Be a Movie Star

Why Oscar Nominee Toni Collette Doesn't Consider Herself To Be a Movie Star
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. "Lucky Them" is currently available to view On Demand. Chances are you probably know Toni Collette as an Australian Oscar-nominated actress, and not as a singer-songwriter. As it turns out, she has one album under her belt titled "Beautiful Awkward Pictures," that she released in 2006 and recorded with her husband, musician Dave Galafassi. Her latest film, "Lucky Them," sees Collette fuse her two passions to play Ellie Kung, a middle-aged music journalist assigned to track down the rumored-to-be-dead rock legend who broke her heart years ago. The film opens in select theaters May 30 and is currently available to view on video-on-demand platforms. Collette sat down with Indiewire recently in New York to discuss her passion for music, and why she doesn't consider herself to be a movie star.
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